1) [T] to treat someone or something as if they are not important
2) [I/T] business
to officially reduce the value of a country's money devaluation [ˌdiːvæljuˈeɪʃ(ə)n] noun [C/U]

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  • devalue — 1918, a back formation from DEVALUATION (Cf. devaluation). Related: Devalued; devaluing …   Etymology dictionary

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  • devalue — ► VERB (devalues, devalued, devaluing) 1) reduce the worth of. 2) reduce the official value of (a currency) in relation to other currencies. DERIVATIVES devaluation noun …   English terms dictionary

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  • devalüe — sf., Fr. dévalué Değerini düşürmek anlamındaki devalüe etmek ve değeri düşürülmek anlamındaki devalüe olmak birleşik fiillerinde geçer …   Çağatay Osmanlı Sözlük

  • devalue — [[t]di͟ːvæ̱ljuː[/t]] devalues, devaluing, devalued 1) VERB To devalue something means to cause it to be thought less impressive or less deserving of respect. [V n] They spread tales about her in an attempt to devalue her work... [be V ed] Wabel s …   English dictionary

  • devalue — UK [diːˈvæljuː] / US [dɪˈvælju] verb Word forms devalue : present tense I/you/we/they devalue he/she/it devalues present participle devaluing past tense devalued past participle devalued 1) [intransitive/transitive] economics to officially reduce …   English dictionary

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