Valer Expressions

Worthy Spanish Expressions

Valer - Spanish expressions
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Valer literally means "to be worth" and is used in many Spanish expressions. Learn how to say valid, assert yourself, better late than never, and more with this list of expressions with valer.

Valer translations

  • to be worth
  • to aid, protect
  • to be useful
  • to be valid
  • to cause
  • to cost
  • to earn
  • to equal, be equal to (math)
  • to help
  • to serve (as)
  • to win

Valer proverbs

Más vale prevenir que curar.   An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Más vale tarde que nunca.   Better late than never.
Más vale un «toma» que dos «te daré».   A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

Valer expressions

no valer nada para alguien   to mean nothing to someone
no valer para algo   to be no good at something
no valer para nada   to be useless
valer la pena   to be worth it, worth the trouble
valer lo que pesa (en oro) (informal)   to be worth its weight in gold
valer para algo   to be good (enough) for
valer por   to be worth (able to be exchanged for)
valer por algo   to be worth something
     
¿Cuánto vale un dólar en euros?   How much is a dollar worth in euros? How many euros are there to the dollar?
demostrar que vale   to demonstrate one's worth
Eso no vale   That's not fair; It's no good/use.
¡Eso no vale!   That's not allowed! They/You can't do that!
Este mismo valdrá.   This one will do.
hacer valer su autoridad   to impose one's authority
hacer valer sus derechos   to stand up for one's rights
hacerse valer   to assert oneself
le valió un(a) ___   it earned him/her a ____ (prize, reward), it brought/caused him/her (trouble, scolding)
¡Más le vale!   He'd better!
¡Más te vale!   You'd better!
Más vale así.   It's better this/that way.
Más vale mantener esto en secreto.   It would be better to keep this secret.
Más vale no hacerlo.   It's better not to do it.
Más vale que + subjunctive   You'd better + verb
¡No hay… que valga!   Don't … me! Don't give me that!
No hay discusión que valga.   I don't want any arguments.
¡No hay excusa que valga!   No excuses!
¡No hay pero que valga!   No buts about it!
No vale mirar.   Don't look, You're not allowed to look.
¿Puedo…? No, eso no vale.   Can I…? No, that's not allowed.
___ también vale para ti.   ___ goes for you too.
vale (interjection)   OK, fine, sure; that's enough
vale mucho como (doctor, poeta, etc)   to be a good (doctor, poet, etc)
valga la expresión   for lack of a better expression
valga la redundancia   if you'll pardon the redundancy
¡Válgame (Dios)!   God help me!
Ya no me vale.   It's no good/use to me now.
     
No puede valerse por sí mismo.   He can't take care of/look after himself, manage/cope on his own any more.
valerse de algo/alguien   to use something/someone
Ya no se vale solo.   He can't take care of/look after himself, manage/cope on his own any more.

 Valer is a g verb.

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