The word "value" refers to the importance of something, or we use it when describing worth and talking about money.

You can use this word as a verb:

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  • Their house was valued at over $350,000.
  • The tax assessor valued the house at that amount.
  • Jeff values the many friendships he has made over the years.
  • I value your opinion. Tell me what you think.
  • We don’t value shoddy work at our company. You will have to do your best.
  • It’s a shame that the people of that country don’t value their own art or literature.

You can also use this word as a noun:

  • The value of this necklace is almost $10,000.
  • This car has almost no value. It’s too old and it needs a lot of repairs.
  • Home values in this neighborhood are starting to go up.
  • Jeff places a high value on his friendship with others.
  • Kathy was a woman whose values were in doubt by everyone at the company. When they found out about her criminal past, she was fired.
  • Torturing people goes against American values. (If something goes against your values, then you should never do it.)

The adjective form of "value" is "valuable."

  • These diamonds are very valuable. They’re worth over a million dollars.
  • Terry is a valuable employee. She knows everything about how the company works.
  • Your advice is valuable and welcome.


He’s wearing a valuable watch.

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This page was first published on June 11, 2012. It was updated on February 17, 2016.