Definition of value in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈvaljuː/


1 [mass noun] The regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth, or usefulness of something: your support is of great value
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  • I have a strong regard for the ultimate value of truth and honour.
  • Kelly also emphasises the importance and value of getting players together.
  • In recent times the skill of the statesman has not been seen as a skill of great value or importance.
merit, worth, usefulness, use, utility, practicality, advantage, desirability, benefit, gain, profit, good, service, help, helpfulness, assistance, effectiveness, efficacy, avail, importance, significance, point, sense
informal mileage
1.1The material or monetary worth of something: prints seldom rise in value [count noun]: equipment is included up to a total value of £500
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  • Each authority will end up with separate contracts and their total value will be worth more than £100m a year.
  • He could not attach monetary value to the loss caused by the strike as no calculations hade been made yet.
  • Nobody chose to collect anything of great monetary value.
1.2The worth of something compared to the price paid or asked for it: at £12.50 the book is good value [count noun]: North American the wine represents a good value for $17.95
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  • It's also good value with prices for doubles starting at £110 a night.
  • Tickets are very good value too, priced from £8.50, with concessions available.
  • This is an easy-drinking gluggable red that would be good value at any price up to £5 a bottle.
2 (values) Principles or standards of behaviour; one’s judgement of what is important in life: they internalize their parents' rules and values
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  • The ultimate deterrent to all of this is a strong set of moral values, rules and standards.
  • In exit polls in about 1 in 5 voters ranked moral values as the most important issue in the election.
  • We expect our schools to set standards, impart values and encourage responsible behaviour.
principles, moral principles, ethics, moral code, morals, moral values, standards, moral standards, code of behaviour, rules of conduct, standards of behaviour
3The numerical amount denoted by an algebraic term; a magnitude, quantity, or number: the mean value of x
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  • To explain how the two sides change together, Jim gave sets of specific numeric values for the lengths.
  • 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.
4 Music The relative duration of the sound signified by a note.
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  • Rhythmic values are quarter, eighth and half notes, and only the major finger pattern is used in the first chorale.
  • Rapidly evolving note values will present issues with keeping a steady tempo.
  • Her coloratura in the Jewel Song was hit or miss - the note values often approximated.
5 Linguistics The meaning of a word or other linguistic unit.
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  • 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?
  • For Saussure the value of words is not intrinsic, nor a function of signification, but is a property of the system.
5.1The quality or tone of a spoken sound; the sound represented by a letter.
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  • 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
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  • 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.
  • The cool blue-green values are complemented in each case by warmer red or yellow-orange touches.
  • The range of values represented by the colour scale is shown below each image.

verb (values, valuing, valued)

[with object]
1Estimate the monetary worth of: his estate was valued at £45,000
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  • Stakes in quoted banks, hedge funds and the like are valued at the prevailing share price at the end of June.
  • That caused its shares to fall by a third, having been valued at 155p the day before the warning.
  • The move is seen as a precursor to a flotation of the firm, which is valued at about £10m.
2Consider (someone or something) to be important or beneficial; have a high opinion of: she had come to value her privacy
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  • Boys value their friends' opinions so it would do you lots of good to get along with them.
  • It certainly makes you value life and how important things are.
  • It is really important that we value diversity in our community.
appreciate, 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 (great) store by, attach importance to, respect, admire, prize, cherish, treasure
cherished, treasured, dear, prized, favourite, precious, worth its/one's weight in gold;
special, appreciated, esteemed, respected, highly regarded, well thought of


value for money

British Used in reference to something that is well worth the money spent on it: this camera is really good value for money
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  • Projects had to be sustainable, give value for money and demonstrate how the public would benefit.
  • It is about keeping the fans entertained and giving them value for money.
  • We have always offered customers good value for money and have been content with reasonable margins.


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

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