Etymology: Middle English, worth, high quality, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *valuta, from feminine of *valutus, past participle of Latin valēre to be of worth, be strong — more at wield
Date: 14th century
1. a fair return or equivalent in goods, services, or money for something exchanged
2. the monetary worth of something ; market price
3. relative worth, utility, or importance <a good value at the price> <the value of base stealing in baseball> <had nothing of value to say> 4. a numerical quantity that is assigned or is determined by calculation or measurement <let x take on positive values> <a value for the age of the earth> 5. the relative duration of a musical note 6. a. relative lightness or darkness of a color ; luminosity b. the relation of one part in a picture to another with respect to lightness and darkness 7. something (as a principle or quality) intrinsically valuable or desirable <sought material values instead of human values — W. H. Jones> 8. denomination 2 • valueless adjective • valuelessness noun II. transitive verb (valued; valuing) Date: 15th century 1. a. to estimate or assign the monetary worth of ; appraise <value a necklace> b. to rate or scale in usefulness, importance, or general worth ; evaluate 2. to consider or rate highly ; prize, esteem <values your opinion> Synonyms: see estimate, appreciate • valuer noun
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.