Pronunciation: (val'u-rīz"), [key]
—v.t., -ized, -iz•ing.
to provide for the maintaining of the value or price of (a commercial commodity) by a government's purchasing the commodity at the fixed price or by its making special loans to the producers. Also, esp. Brit.,val'or•ise".
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.