- 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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- 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 damageable
early 14c., from Old French damagier, from damage (see damage (n.)). Related: Damaged; damaging.
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).