- injury or harm that reduces value or usefulness: The storm did considerable damage to the crops.
- damages, Law. the estimated money equivalent for detriment or injury sustained.
- Often damages. Informal. cost; expense; charge: What are the damages for the lubrication job on my car?
- to cause damage to; injure or harm; reduce the value or usefulness of: He damaged the saw on a nail.
- to become damaged: Soft wood damages easily.
Origin of damage
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Examples from the Web for damage
“At the moment there are no signs of damage,” Marino told The Daily Beast.Florence Preps ‘David’ for the Big One
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 25, 2014
We could theoretically cause a lot of damage should we take that route.Obama Could Hit China to Punish North Korea
Shane Harris, Tim Mak
December 20, 2014
Veteran player Wiig continued without skipping a beat, but the damage was done.The Curious Little Shell That Restarted Jenny Slate’s Career
December 15, 2014
Even if Loertscher eventually achieves legal redemption, she says the damage has already been done.States Slap Pregnant Women With Harsher Jail Sentences
December 12, 2014
Former RSD instructor Nathan Kole says he saw firsthand how this “alpha male” marketing can damage students.The Secret World of Pickup Artist Julien Blanc
December 1, 2014
Not only that, but he would get into trouble with Mr. Paine on account of the damage which it had received.
He felt morally bound to get it repaired, though he was guiltless of the damage.
But the damage would not have happened if Will had not lent the boat to me.
And remember that any damage you do to that tent you'll have to pay for.In the Midst of Alarms
I really feel like leaving the car there all night, but it would do a lot of damage.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
- injury or harm impairing the function or condition of a person or thing
- loss of something desirable
- informal cost; expense (esp in the phrase what's the damage?)
- (tr) to cause damage to
- (intr) to suffer damage
Word Origin and History for damage
late 13c., from Old French damage (12c., Modern French dommage) "loss caused by injury," from dam "damage," from Latin damnum "loss, hurt, damage" (see damn).
early 14c., from Old French damagier, from damage (see damage (n.)). Related: Damaged; damaging.