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From Proto-Indo-European *wal- ‎(be strong). Compare Welsh gallu ‎(to be able), Old Irish flaith ‎(dominion), Gaulish walos ‎(ruler), Lithuanian valdyti ‎(to have power), Proto-Slavic *volstь ‎(to rule), Old Norse valdr ‎(ruler), Old High German -walt, -wald ‎(power), Old English wealdan ‎(to rule), last part in English herald.



valeō ‎(present infinitive valēre, perfect active valuī, supine valitūrum); second conjugation

  1. I am strong
  2. I am well, healthy
  3. I am worth
  4. (Ecclesiastical Latin, Medieval Latin) I can
  5. (New Latin, rare) I leave; I go away

Usage notes[edit]

The supine can be either valitūrum or valitum.


   Conjugation of valeo (second conjugation, active only)
indicative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present valeō valēs valet valēmus valētis valent
imperfect valēbam valēbās valēbat valēbāmus valēbātis valēbant
future valēbō valēbis valēbit valēbimus valēbitis valēbunt
perfect valuī valuistī valuit valuimus valuistis valuērunt, valuēre
pluperfect valueram valuerās valuerat valuerāmus valuerātis valuerant
future perfect valuerō valueris valuerit valuerimus valueritis valuerint
subjunctive singular plural
first second third first second third
active present valeam valeās valeat valeāmus valeātis valeant
imperfect valērem valērēs valēret valērēmus valērētis valērent
perfect valuerim valuerīs valuerit valuerīmus valuerītis valuerint
pluperfect valuissem valuissēs valuisset valuissēmus valuissētis valuissent
imperative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present valē valēte
future valētō valētō valētōte valentō
non-finite forms active passive
present perfect future present perfect future
infinitives valēre valuisse valitūrus esse
participles valēns valitūrus
verbal nouns gerund supine
nominative genitive dative/ablative accusative accusative ablative
valēre valendī valendō valendum valitum valitū

Derived terms[edit]



  • valeo in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • valeo in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • valeo” in Félix Gaffiot (1934), Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Paris: Hachette.
  • Meissner, Carl; Auden, Henry William (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to be indisposed: leviter aegrotare, minus valere
    • to contribute much towards...; to affect considerably; to be instrumental in..: multum valere ad aliquid
    • to be highly favoured by; to be influential with..: multum valere gratia apud aliquem
    • to possess great authority; to be an influential person: auctoritate valere or florere
    • to have great influence with a person; to have considerable weight: multum auctoritate valere, posse apud aliquem
    • to have great influence with a person; to have considerable weight: alicuius auctoritas multum valet apud aliquem
    • to be talented, gifted: ingenio valere
    • to possess great ability: intellegentia or mente multum valere
    • to have a good memory: memoriā (multum) valere (opp. memoriā vacillare)
    • to be gifted, talented: ingenio valere
    • to be very eloquent: eloquentia valere
    • to have great weight as a speaker: multum dicendo valere, posse
    • to unable to find a suitable expression: verbo parum valere (Tusc. 3. 5. 11)
    • to have the same meaning: idem valere, significare, declarare
    • the word has a narrow meaning: vocabulum angustius valet
    • I bid you good-bye, take my leave: te valere iubeo
    • (ambiguous) good-bye; farewell: vale or cura ut valeas
    • to have great influence: opibus, gratia, auctoritate valere, florere
    • to have a powerful navy: rebus maritimis multum valere
    • (ambiguous) good-bye; farewell: vale or cura ut valeas