val|ue1 [ `vælju ] noun ***
▸ 1 amount something is worth
▸ 2 importance/usefulness
▸ 3 interesting quality
▸ 4 principles/beliefs
▸ 5 in mathematics
▸ 6 length of musical note
1. ) count or uncount the amount that something is worth, measured especially in money:
You can't put a value on a human life.
value of: The value of the painting is not known.
drop/rise/fall etc. in value: The dollar dropped in value on the foreign exchange markets last week.
Residential property in the city has doubled in value in the last three years.
of (great/real) value (=worth a lot of money): Thieves had taken a radio and a Walkman, but nothing of great value.
hold its/their value (=worth the same amount of money over a long period): Handwoven rugs hold their value extremely well.
of little/no value: The ring was actually of very little value.
market value (=the amount that something could be sold for): The market value of the land was somewhere in the region of $4 million.
a ) uncount the amount that something is worth compared to the money that it costs:
Thanks to the strength of the dollar, these wines offer tremendous value just now.
value for (your) money: Most customers are looking for value for their money rather than cutting-edge fashion.
2. ) uncount the degree to which someone or something is important or useful:
educational/nutritional value
value to: Discussion of the transportation link focused on its value to the local community.
of (great) value: documents that will be of great value to future historians
sentimental value (=the importance something has for you for personal reasons): That watch had belonged to his grandfather and had great sentimental value.
of little/no value: These papers are of no value to a thief.
3. ) the particular interesting quality that something has:
shock/novelty/curiosity value: Some episodes are included purely for their shock value.
4. ) values plural the principles and beliefs that influence the behavior and way of life of a particular group or community:
Christian/Western/Islamic values
To its opponents in the developing world, globalization is seen as an attack on traditional cultural values.
the university's liberal values
set of values: They have a very different set of values from our own.
5. ) count TECHNICAL in mathematics, a number or amount that is not known and is represented by a letter
6. ) count in music, the length of time that a musical note lasts for
val|ue 2 [ `vælju ] verb transitive often passive **
1. ) to consider someone or something to be important:
a community in which people respected their elders and valued their knowledge and experience
a valued friend/colleague
value something for something: vitamins and minerals that are valued for their protective and energy-giving qualities
2. ) to state how much something is worth:
I had the necklace valued then put up for auction.
value something at something: The seized cocaine was valued at $500,000.
The terms of the deal value the company at $2 million.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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