Definition of valorize in English:


transitive verb

(also British valorise)
[with object]
  • 1Give or ascribe value or validity to (something)

    ‘the culture valorizes the individual’
    • ‘Without objective proof, you end up in the dangerous position of not being able to valorise one culture over another.’
    • ‘Despite their legal status, her parents and grandmother modeled the ideal household, exemplifying the risk-taking and independent spirit valorized by the culture of capitalism.’
    • ‘Knighthood valorized individual self-sacrifice for greater social welfare.’
    • ‘The precision, clarity and supposed objectivity of the images established photography as a standard for validity in a regime of truth that valorized scientific precision.’
    • ‘Knowledge of their very existence is systematically denied and repressed under propaganda valorising war as heroic and ennobling.’
    • ‘The loser is positively valorised in Generation X youth culture as both stupid and street-smart.’
    • ‘Such films neither demean nor valorize rural Iowa, but call our attention to the serious problems that hang over a vital sector of the national economy.’
    • ‘The child is brought up in the collective enactment of larger heroic narratives, valorising icons of goodness personified while debating complex issues of nationhood, law and economic disparity through melodramatic tales.’
    • ‘I think this is an attempt to go back to legitimising and valorising the traditional role of women.’
    • ‘He valorises a kind of consensual, unfettered sexual freedom.’
    • ‘What does this tell us about popular literature and the real interests of those who valorise it?’
    • ‘In addition, valorizing the accomplishments of one individual perpetuates the neglect of joint and communal creativity in favor of a kind of masculine heroism.’
    • ‘She opposes a ‘masculine’ romantic ethic that emphasizes the individual imagination to a ‘feminine’ one that valorizes care, community, and cooperation.’
    • ‘The film valorizes the pioneering spirit, individual resilience and resourcefulness.’
    • ‘At the time, the discourse of the individual, atomized, bourgeois self was valorized by corporate media as the highest unit of organization and thinking.’
    • ‘Contemporary feminist theory, then, valorizes the transformative potential of humor and language to subvert male dominance and regulation of social norms.’
    • ‘Lest I be misunderstood, I am not valorizing one form of cultural production over the other; rather I am noting a paradigmatic shift from resistance to contestation.’
    • ‘Anyway, dividing politics into two categories is unsatisfactory since one category always gets valorised at the expense of the other.’
    • ‘In the media and in the hearts of thousands of Americans, we valorize not just those truly outstanding and altruistic individuals, but the masculine ideal of man as the strong, brave rescuer.’
    • ‘The United States valorised and rewarded veterans with compensation and their own healthcare system.’
    • ‘He captures the Jamaican dialect in this early verse and valorizes the speech patterns of the working class.’
    • ‘Throughout the war years, sacrifice was valorized in rhetoric, if not always in practice, and became, once again, a key element of political discourse.’
    • ‘Forms of knowledge that simply valorize the ‘feminine’ may not be helpful to women who would be better off not having norms of femininity imposed on them.’
    1. 1.1Raise or fix the price or value of (a commodity or currency) by artificial means, especially by government action.
      ‘It follows from all this that value cannot be positively identified with labour, because capital valorises itself only by negating that which resists its exploitation in production.’
      • ‘The government valorized the pension allowances in April this year.’



/ˈvaləˌrīz/ /ˈvæləˌraɪz/


1920s back-formation from valorization (from French valorisation, from valeur ‘value’).