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valer (Verb) "to help;" "to value," "to be worth"

Very late 11th cent. From Latin valere "to be well," "to be strong" From Proto-Italic *wal-ē- 'id.' From Proto-Indo-European *h2u̯lh1-eh1- "to be strong." Perhaps the root *h2u̯lh1- meant "to be big," "to be great."

Use of vale "okay" common in Spain. An innovation deriving from the sense of being "well."

Romance: Western Vulgar Latin: Asturian valer, Portuguese valer, Galician valer, Catalan valer, French valoir, Italian valere ; Sardinian: balere

Italic: Oscan ϝαλε (wale) "farewell," Marrucinian uali 'id.,' Paelignian ual 'id.,' South Picene velaimes "of the best"

Indo-European: Celtic: Old Irish fallnaithir "to rule;" Germanic: Gothic waldan "to rule," Old Norse valda 'id.,' Old High German walten 'id.,' Old English wealdan "to wield power" (English to wield); Balto-Slavic: Chuch Slavic vladěti "to rule," Russian vladét' "to own," Polish wɫadać "to rule," Slovene vládati 'id.,' Old Prussian weldīsnan "inheritance," Lithuanian veldė́ti "to inherit," Latvian vàldît "to rule;" Tocharian: A wäl "king," B walo 'id.;' Anatolian: Hittite hulle-zi "to defeat"