1. The property or aggregate properties of a thing by which it is rendered useful or desirable, or the degree of such property or sum of properties; worth; excellence; utility; importance.
Ye are all physicians of no value. --Job xiii. 4.
Ye are of more value than many sparrows. --Matt. x. 31.
Caesar is well acquainted with your virtue,
And therefore sets this value on your life. --Addison.
Before events shall have decided on the value of the measures. --Marshall.
2. Trade & Polit. Econ. Worth estimated by any standard of purchasing power, especially by the market price, or the amount of money agreed upon as an equivalent to the utility and cost of anything.
An article may be possessed of the highest degree of utility, or power to minister to our wants and enjoyments, and may be universally made use of, without possessing exchangeable value. --M'Culloch.
Value is the power to command commodities generally. --A. L. Chapin (Johnson's Cys.).
Value is the generic term which expresses power in exchange. --F. A. Walker.
His design was not to pay him the value of his pictures, because they were above any price. --Dryden.
Note: ☞ In political economy, value is often distinguished as intrinsic and exchangeable. Intrinsic value is the same as utility or adaptation to satisfy the desires or wants of men. Exchangeable value is that in an article or product which disposes individuals to give for it some quantity of labor, or some other article or product obtainable by labor; as, pure air has an intrinsic value, but generally not an exchangeable value.
3. Precise signification; import; as, the value of a word; the value of a legal instrument
4. Esteem; regard.
My relation to the person was so near, and my value for him so great --Bp. Burnet.
5. Mus. The relative length or duration of a tone or note, answering to quantity in prosody; thus, a quarter note [░] has the value of two eighth notes [░].
6. In an artistical composition, the character of any one part in its relation to other parts and to the whole; -- often used in the plural; as, the values are well given, or well maintained.
7. Valor. [Written also valew.] [Obs.]
8. (a) That property of a color by which it is distinguished as bright or dark; luminosity. (b) Degree of lightness as conditioned by the presence of white or pale color, or their opposites.
9. Math. Any particular quantitative determination; as, a function's value for some special value of its argument.
10. [pl.] The valuable ingredients to be obtained by treatment from any mass or compound; specif., the precious metals contained in rock, gravel, or the like; as, the vein carries good values; the values on the hanging walls.
Value received, a phrase usually employed in a bill of exchange or a promissory note, to denote that a consideration has been given for it.
Val·ue v. t. [imp. & p. p. Valued p. pr. & vb. n. Valuing.]
1. To estimate the value, or worth, of; to rate at a certain price; to appraise; to reckon with respect to number, power, importance, etc.
The mind doth value every moment. --Bacon.
The queen is valued thirty thousand strong. --Shak.
The king must take it ill,
That he's so slightly valued in his messenger. --Shak.
Neither of them valued their promises according to rules of honor or integrity. --Clarendon.
2. To rate highly; to have in high esteem; to hold in respect and estimation; to appreciate; to prize; as, to value one for his works or his virtues.
Which of the dukes he values most. --Shak.
3. To raise to estimation; to cause to have value, either real or apparent; to enhance in value. [Obs.]
Some value themselves to their country by jealousies of the crown. --Sir W. Temple.
4. To be worth; to be equal to in value. [Obs.]
The peace between the French and us not values
The cost that did conclude it. --Shak.
Syn: -- To compute; rate; appraise; esteem; respect; regard; estimate; prize; appreciate.
n 1: a numerical quantity measured or assigned or computed; "the
value assigned was 16 milliseconds"
2: the quality (positive or negative) that renders something
desirable or valuable; "the Shakespearean Shylock is of
dubious value in the modern world"
3: the amount (of money or goods or services) that is
considered to be a fair equivalent for something else; "he
tried to estimate the value of the produce at normal
prices" [syn: economic value]
4: relative darkness or lightness of a color; "I establish the
colors and principal values by organizing the painting
into three values--dark, medium...and light"-Joe Hing Lowe
5: (music) the relative duration of a musical note [syn: time
value, note value]
6: an ideal accepted by some individual or group; "he has
v 1: fix or determine the value of; assign a value to; "value the
jewelry and art work in the estate"
2: hold dear; "I prize these old photographs" [syn: prize, treasure,
3: regard highly; think much of; "I respect his judgement"; "We
prize his creativity" [syn: respect, esteem, prize,
prise] [ant: disrespect, disrespect]
4: place a value on; judge the worth of something; "I will have
the family jewels appraised by a professional" [syn: measure,
evaluate, valuate, assess, appraise]
5: estimate the value of; "How would you rate his chances to
become President?"; "Gold was rated highly among the
Romans" [syn: rate]