the value of a college education; the value of a queen in chess.
monetary or material worth, as in commerce or trade:
This piece of land has greatly increased in value.
the worth of something in terms of the amount of other things for which it can be exchanged or in terms of some medium of exchange.
equivalent worth or return in money, material, services, etc.:
to give value for value received.
estimated or assigned worth; valuation:
a painting with a current value of $500,000.
denomination, as of a monetary issue or a postage stamp.
magnitude; quantity; number represented by a figure, symbol, or the like:
the value of an angle; the value of x; the value of a sum.
a point in the range of a function; a point in the range corresponding to a given point in the domain of a function:
The value of x2 at 2 is 4.
import or meaning; force; significance:
the value of a word.
liking or affection; favorable regard.
values, Sociology. the ideals, customs, institutions, etc., of a society toward which the people of the group have an affective regard. These values may be positive, as cleanliness, freedom, or education, or negative, as cruelty, crime, or blasphemy.
Ethics. any object or quality desirable as a means or as an end in itself.
degree of lightness or darkness in a color.
the relation of light and shade in a painting, drawing, or the like.
Music. the relative length or duration of a tone signified by a note.
values, Mining. the marketable portions of an orebody.
1275-1325;Middle English < Old French, noun use of feminine past participle (cf. valuta) of valoir < Latinvalēre to be worth
misvalue, verb (used with object), misvalued, misvaluing.
outvalue, verb (used with object), outvalued, outvaluing.
prevalue, noun, verb (used with object), prevalued, prevaluing.
supervalue, noun, verb (used with object), supervalued, supervaluing.
1. utility. Value, worth imply intrinsic excellence or desirability. Value is that quality of anything which renders it desirable or useful: the value of sunlight or good books. Worth implies especially spiritual qualities of mind and character, or moral excellence: Few knew her true worth.3. cost, price. 18. prize. See appreciate.
c.1300, from O.Fr. value "worth, value" (13c.), noun use of fem. pp. of valoir "be worth," from L. valere "be strong, be well, be of value" (see valiant). The meaning "social principle" is attested from 1918, supposedly borrowed from the language of painting. The verb is recorded from late 15c. Related: Valued, valuing. Value judgment (1892) is a loan-translation of Ger. Werturteil.