Definition of value in English:



  • 1mass noun The regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth, or usefulness of something.

    ‘your support is of great value’
    • ‘Jenny says if services do grind to a halt for a day it will at least demonstrate the importance and value of the work council staff do.’
    • ‘By philosophy of education, I mean a vision for the purpose and value of education.’
    • ‘The value and importance of housing independence and stability cannot be overstated.’
    • ‘Pamela caused an unprecedented stir, exciting something like a national argument about the purposes and value of fiction.’
    • ‘This does not mean that it has no practical value - it is very useful.’
    • ‘I believe we need to recognise that some of the collections in Auckland are of national importance and value to the whole nation.’
    • ‘Attempts to measure freedom are notoriously complicated, as are attempts to assign an intrinsic value to freedom as such.’
    • ‘If you can see the value or potential value of a practice, continue it.’
    • ‘But compassion begins in honesty, in the recognition that all human beings are of equal value and importance.’
    • ‘The United Nations had proven its worth by proving its value to Washington.’
    • ‘In recent times the skill of the statesman has not been seen as a skill of great value or importance.’
    • ‘Kelly also emphasises the importance and value of getting players together.’
    • ‘Wooden furniture units were the hottest items on the list, and were valued for their good looks as well as their utilitarian value.’
    • ‘The clear manner in which this material is presented adds value to the novel.’
    • ‘I have a strong regard for the ultimate value of truth and honour.’
    • ‘When made of precious stones, pyramids gain value as ornaments, and are valued as decorative pieces as well.’
    • ‘None of these concerns should diminish the importance and value of this volume.’
    • ‘This information is useful in understanding the effectiveness and value of activities.’
    • ‘In journals, writers record their experiences and reflect on their value or importance.’
    • ‘Her value and her importance is not centered around her ability to bear and raise children.’
    • ‘While the statue had some commercial value, its real value was in the artistic merit it contained.’
    • ‘In addition, contractors need to understand the importance and value placed on the trees.’
    • ‘Professional psychology has always emphasized the value of respecting privacy.’
    • ‘This place gives everyone a feeling of value and worth.’
    merit, worth, usefulness, use, utility, practicality, advantage, desirability, benefit, gain, profit, good, service, help, helpfulness, assistance, effectiveness, efficacy, avail, importance, significance, point, sense
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    1. 1.1 The material or monetary worth of something.
      ‘prints seldom rise in value’
      count noun ‘equipment is included up to a total value of £500’
      • ‘Page said she's more interested in what she can learn about the books than in their monetary value.’
      • ‘Waste can be defined as any material lacking direct value to the producer and so must be disposed of.’
      • ‘History When a fine wine is allowed to age spectacular changes can occur which increase both its complexity and monetary value.’
      • ‘Entire populations of magnificent birds of paradise were murdered for the monetary value of their plumes.’
      • ‘The value of your estate for probate purposes includes the value of any real property less any mortgages on that property.’
      • ‘This is not based on the actual market value of the property but on the value given for tax purposes.’
      • ‘Monetary value and new technology are also subjects seldom touched on in books on art history, and we should welcome their inclusion here.’
      • ‘Each authority will end up with separate contracts and their total value will be worth more than £100m a year.’
      • ‘These are financial instruments that rise in value as the market falls, enabling the holder to make up for losses on an orthodox share portfolio.’
      • ‘Trees can greatly increase the resale value of property, and even save you on energy costs.’
      • ‘He could not attach monetary value to the loss caused by the strike as no calculations hade been made yet.’
      • ‘Analysts believe the company's true value lies between 45-55 cent a share.’
      • ‘The total value of the three contracts will be worth in excess of £100 million annually.’
      • ‘Yes, the artefacts recovered are of historic significance, but it would be foolish to pretend they have no monetary value.’
      • ‘Consider this an asset sale, priced at the cost of the estimated market value of the land.’
      • ‘The appraisal submitted by the plaintiffs estimates the fair market value of this property in March 1991 at $300,000.’
      • ‘If she wins the national award, the total value of her prize will rise to over £25,000.’
      • ‘Municipalities would set their own tax rates once they had determined the market value of properties in their areas.’
      • ‘Art, on the other hand, seems to have no upper limit of monetary value.’
      • ‘Another car buying issue that is of equal importance is the residual value of a car after its purchase.’
      • ‘Nobody chose to collect anything of great monetary value.’
      • ‘This figure is based on the supposed monetary value of the music files copied, not on actual loss of revenues to the industry.’
      price, cost, worth
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    2. 1.2 The worth of something compared to the price paid or asked for it.
      ‘at £12.50 the book is good value’
      count noun ‘the wine represents a good value for $17.95’
      • ‘If you get there after 8pm, entry is still only a fiver, which is still good value since you can continue to boogie until 1am.’
      • ‘They have introduced a special ticket which is very good value.’
      • ‘We've set the price at a level we believe offers good value to motorists, vans and HGV users.’
      • ‘As a result, auctions are full of quality items, prices have dropped and your chances of finding good value have never been better’
      • ‘Crisp, fruity and not too oaky, this is a good value restaurant wine at €26.90.’
      • ‘Our bill came to £13.80 for two main courses, a dessert and drinks - which is good value in anybody's book.’
      • ‘All things considered, it's a good value for the money and a model I could be quite happy with.’
      • ‘I have no idea whether I bought wisely, or whether the price is good value.’
      • ‘This is an easy-drinking gluggable red that would be good value at any price up to £5 a bottle.’
      • ‘This book is a good value souvenir for all those who appreciate the marvellous exhibition that has been brought to Waterford.’
      • ‘These fun, friendly tours are good value, with few costing more than £3.’
      • ‘Certainly, a majority of our customers have found these packages to be a good value.’
      • ‘The option to purchase a mews house is an additional bonus and the price represents good value in today's market.’
      • ‘You get what you pay for, and if you buy this card you'll get above average performance and good value for the price.’
      • ‘The bill came to £40.80, which also included three and a half pints of lager and a gin and tonic - pretty good value.’
      • ‘The programme costs are regarded as representing exceptional value for the State.’
      • ‘However, we were choosing from the set menu, which offered seemingly good value at three courses for £17.50.’
      • ‘Tickets are very good value too, priced from £8.50, with concessions available.’
      • ‘It's also good value with prices for doubles starting at £110 a night.’
      • ‘There are some excellent prizes and at a cost of €8 per month it is very good value.’
      price, cost, worth
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  • 2valuesPrinciples or standards of behaviour; one's judgement of what is important in life.

    ‘they internalize their parents' rules and values’
    • ‘I'm stubborn as hell and have a very hard time backing down on my values when they're important to me.’
    • ‘We expect our schools to set standards, impart values and encourage responsible behaviour.’
    • ‘Ethics are a set of shared values or moral principles that modify our behavior in social situations.’
    • ‘The ultimate deterrent to all of this is a strong set of moral values, rules and standards.’
    • ‘He said it was important to recognise cultural values as proper elements of ethical behaviour.’
    • ‘I want to talk about the importance of values and culture in public life.’
    • ‘We don't have to give up our values, beliefs or principles but we do have to move on.’
    • ‘But it is really about choosing a set of values, moral standards and a national image.’
    • ‘In their pursuit of power, wealth, or sensory pleasures, they can choose to ignore all moral values or ethical principles.’
    • ‘Instead, it conformed to a conservative set of values not associated with modern liberalism.’
    • ‘Economic viability is necessary, I'll grant that, but upholding our values is just as important, if not more so.’
    • ‘In exit polls in about 1 in 5 voters ranked moral values as the most important issue in the election.’
    • ‘Today, principled values and beliefs are notably absent.’
    • ‘Respect for others is after all one of the most important values to encourage in our society.’
    • ‘Indeed, one of the important values which health care professionals have to hold dear is great respect for human life.’
    • ‘I ask my freshmen classes each semester what the most important values are in their lives.’
    • ‘The world, as the rules crashed down around us, began debating the values and principles by which we wished to live and the costs we would accept to live by them.’
    • ‘Every classroom should have been asked to debate the values important to young Australians.’
    • ‘As far as they were concerned, discrimination was simply a reflection of society's values at the time.’
    • ‘These markers invoke public consciousness about what values, beliefs, and capabilities people have.’
    principles, moral principles, ethics, moral code, morals, moral values, standards, moral standards, code of behaviour, rules of conduct, standards of behaviour
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  • 3The numerical amount denoted by an algebraic term; a magnitude, quantity, or number.

    ‘the mean value of x’
    • ‘For numerical simulations, appropriate values of the various quantities must be determined.’
    • ‘One of the great goals of fundamental physics is to find the reason for the precise numerical values of the constants that appear in the equations that prescribe the laws of Nature.’
    • ‘This gives as accurate a value for mass as the accuracy of your measurements.’
    • ‘To explain how the two sides change together, Jim gave sets of specific numeric values for the lengths.’
    • ‘To find the value of a decimal place, we divide the value of the decimal place to the left of it by 10.’
  • 4Music
    The relative duration of the sound signified by a note.

    • ‘Rhythmic values are quarter, eighth and half notes, and only the major finger pattern is used in the first chorale.’
    • ‘Worshipers are encouraged to be careful about diction, stay in tune, sing exact note values, and avoid forcing the sound.’
    • ‘Her coloratura in the Jewel Song was hit or miss - the note values often approximated.’
    • ‘Her style is to take the vibrato from the traditional school and the shortened note values from the HIP aesthetic.’
    • ‘Rapidly evolving note values will present issues with keeping a steady tempo.’
  • 5Linguistics
    The meaning of a word or other linguistic unit.

    • ‘Suppose that we assign the following semantic values to symbols in the following way.’
    • ‘For Saussure the value of words is not intrinsic, nor a function of signification, but is a property of the system.’
    • ‘In either case, the reference to neat depends on its use earlier and on its value as a word.’
    • ‘Do the words have a unitary value which is extended in different ways in different contexts?’
    • ‘Alternatively, we recognize two distinct values of the word-form work.’
    • ‘Ways of handling compounds of conditionals have been proposed on the basis of these semantic values.’
    1. 5.1 The quality or tone of a spoken sound; the sound represented by a letter.
      • ‘Digraphs U often has the secondary function of indicating a modified value for a preceding letter.’
      • ‘Final ow with its non-standard value in low occurs in nearly four times as many words as the standard value in how.’
  • 6The relative degree of lightness or darkness of a particular colour.

    ‘the artist has used adjacent colour values as the landscape recedes’
    • ‘A few students used the wrong side of the fabric to make a different value of a color or to vary the texture.’
    • ‘The range of values represented by the colour scale is shown below each image.’
    • ‘Purple is a noble color in its deepest values, yet it can be flowery and refreshing in pale violet colorings.’
    • ‘The cool blue-green values are complemented in each case by warmer red or yellow-orange touches.’
    • ‘It facilitates the use of colour values way outside the normal range in an effort to produce a more realistic rendering of a typical 3D scene.’


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  • 1Estimate the monetary worth of.

    ‘his estate was valued at £45,000’
    • ‘However, the shares were once valued in excess of £15 back in 2000.’
    • ‘They will also be able to bid in an auction for a kitchen valued at up to £7,000.’
    • ‘The company is currently valued at over stg £460 million.’
    • ‘Stakes in quoted banks, hedge funds and the like are valued at the prevailing share price at the end of June.’
    • ‘Few questioned how a company which was not even profitable could be valued so highly.’
    • ‘That caused its shares to fall by a third, having been valued at 155p the day before the warning.’
    • ‘With the shares valued at almost 30 times earnings for 2001 the company is not cheap.’
    • ‘Property valued at several thousand pounds was taken from a building site in Coill Dubh last week.’
    • ‘Today the shares are worth just a fraction of that and the company is valued at just £200m.’
    • ‘The global ethanol market is estimated to be valued in excess of $16 billion by 2005.’
    • ‘Taking the average the company is valued at 27 times forward earnings.’
    • ‘The move is seen as a precursor to a flotation of the firm, which is valued at about £10m.’
    • ‘Trades valued in excess of $10 trillion are made every year on the NYSE.’
    • ‘The properties should not have been valued on a portfolio basis.’
    • ‘The garage and vehicles valued at tens of thousands of pounds were destroyed by fire that night.’
    • ‘At the time she sank she had on board copper, lead and zinc ingots valued at over £300,000.’
    • ‘Knowledge is undoubtedly an important asset in the industry, although it is difficult to value in monetary terms.’
    • ‘By comparison, the UK stock market is valued at 16 times earnings.’
    • ‘Both companies are valued at 13 times earnings and offer a similar dividend yield.’
    • ‘Phase two, also valued at N $11.7 million, began in February this year.’
    evaluate, assess, estimate, appraise, assay, rate, price, put a price on, set a price on, cost, cost out
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  • 2Consider (someone or something) to be important or beneficial; have a high opinion of.

    ‘she had come to value her privacy’
    • ‘What is stopping you from reminding your mother she is special, or telling your best friend that you value her?’
    • ‘How will adults recognize the importance of objects kids value and dream about?’
    • ‘Hence, it is important that you value the differences that make you unique as a couple.’
    • ‘I think patients value the health service less than they did.’
    • ‘It certainly makes you value life and how important things are.’
    • ‘This story teaches important lessons about materialism and valuing family relationships.’
    • ‘He values all of his customers whether they are shopping for an elaborate piece of box topiary priced in the thousands, or a couple of pot plants.’
    • ‘It is really important that we value diversity in our community.’
    • ‘She appears to value nothing except publicity, to think of nothing beyond momentary pleasure.’
    • ‘That can happen only in a company whose leaders make it clear that they value learning.’
    • ‘People value and respect science and are grateful for the many great goods it brings.’
    • ‘Like lots of people, I occasionally feel friendless and insecure, and this experience showed me how much my friends really value me.’
    • ‘I enjoy and greatly value family relationships.’
    • ‘No one becomes a decent human being without the love and caring of someone who truly values their worth.’
    • ‘I greatly value the diversity of our readership.’
    • ‘Boys value their friends' opinions so it would do you lots of good to get along with them.’
    • ‘I have come to value relationships, friendships, community and connections with family.’
    • ‘I was reluctant but not stubborn, I listened to what he had to say because I value him and his opinions.’
    • ‘Finally, it is important to recognize and value the expertise of patients and their families.’
    • ‘It is incredible how much we value other people's opinion of us.’
    cherished, treasured, dear, prized, favourite, precious, worth its weight in gold, worth one's weight in gold
    appreciate, rate, rate highly, esteem, hold in high esteem, hold in high regard, hold dear, have a high opinion of, think highly of, think much of, set store by, set great store by, attach importance to, respect, admire, prize, cherish, treasure
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  • value for money

    • Used in reference to something that is well worth the money spent on it.

      ‘this camera is really good value for money’
      • ‘It is about keeping the fans entertained and giving them value for money.’
      • ‘This four-star hotel represents both good value for money and a unique concept.’
      • ‘Projects had to be sustainable, give value for money and demonstrate how the public would benefit.’
      • ‘Sixty-three percent thought that budget airlines offered very good value for money.’
      • ‘It's all down to customer service, fast response, attention to detail and value for money.’
      • ‘We have always offered customers good value for money and have been content with reasonable margins.’
      • ‘He said when the school had managed projects internally they had achieved much better value for money.’
      • ‘The project ranked four projects as representing very good value for money.’
      • ‘I can assure people that value for money and high quality services remain at the heart of our approach.’
      • ‘Judging by the number of diners on the lunchtime we went along, other folk agree the menu is great value for money.’


Middle English: from Old French, feminine past participle of valoir ‘be worth’, from Latin valere.