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[dee-val-yoo] /diˈvæl yu/
verb (used with object), devalued, devaluing.
to deprive of value; reduce the value of.
to fix a lower value on (a currency).
verb (used without object), devalued, devaluing.
to undergo devaluation:
The currency has devalued at a rapid rate.
Also, devaluate.
Origin of devalue
1915-20; de- + value Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for devalue
  • The financial accounting board which sets the standards, all it does is devalue the intangibles and overvalue the tangibles.
  • But let's not, in the process, devalue the curiosity-driven pursuit of knowledge for its own sake.
  • No one sees my low salary as a reason to devalue my work.
  • The presence of two or more iterations of a mission statement could seriously undermine and devalue their role.
  • Increasing access to these people will lower the quality of education and devalue degrees.
  • When people throw around the word intolerance, they devalue the concept.
  • Faculty are not happy when administrators devalue their efforts.
  • The alternative to cuts is borrowing money that you cannot pay back, unless you devalue the currency, or go bankrupt.
  • They print it up out of thin air and devalue the money you have with inflation.
  • But don't devalue the lives and decisions of others who did want to do those things.
British Dictionary definitions for devalue


verb -values, -valuing, -valued, -valuates, -valuating, -valuated
to reduce (a currency) or (of a currency) be reduced in exchange value
(transitive) to reduce the value or worth of (something)
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Word Origin and History for devalue

1918, a back-formation from devaluation. Related: Devalued; devaluing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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