Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

valuable - definition and synonyms


What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

adjective valuable pronunciation in British English /ˈvæljʊb(ə)l/
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  1. 1
    worth a lot of money
    The necklace is not very valuable.
    a valuable antique
  2. 2
    very useful and important
    The job gave her an opportunity to gain valuable experience.
    valuable insights/lessons/information: The research should provide valuable insights into organizational arrangements.
    a valuable contribution/resource/addition: Her latest book is a valuable contribution to the debate on cloning.
    prove valuable: The results could prove extremely valuable.
    1. a.
      valuable time is important because there is not much of it available
      Valuable seconds were wasted while Schumacher’s car was stuck in the pits.
      Synonyms and related words


a fashion trend in which people intentionally wear ordinary, inexpensive, widely-available clothing

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary


a flower or small bunch of flowers worn on the lapel of a jacket on special occasions

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog