- 1Physical harm caused to something in such a way as to impair its value, usefulness, or normal function.More example sentences
- Mr Smith said severe physical illness had resulted in physical damage to the brain.
- Suspected items are not to be used as weapons or to cause bodily harm or damage to personal property in any way.
- Luckily for us this incident had caused no harm or any damage to the equipment.
- 1.1Unwelcome and detrimental effects: the damage to his reputation was considerableMore example sentences
- The organization needs to be punished both in the courts and at the ballot box and if this happens then there will be no lasting damage to the peace process.
- Jim was a sneaky little manipulator, and he could do a lot of damage to me behind my back.
- I could find no discernible psychological damage or mental health difficulties.
- 2 (damages) A sum of money claimed or awarded in compensation for a loss or an injury: she was awarded $284,000 in damagesMore example sentences
- Before his death, he issued a writ against the defendant claiming damages for personal injuries.
- He or she sues not only for personal injury but for damages for the loss or destruction of the motor vehicle.
- Nor do I think it is necessary to achieve just satisfaction of the claimant's claim that damages should be awarded.
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- 1Inflict physical harm on (something) so as to impair its value, usefulness, or normal function: the car was badly damaged in the accident (as adjective damaged) damaged ligamentsMore example sentences
- Lomax's car was badly damaged and had a smashed windscreen and two shredded tyres.
- This can result in a severely damaged thyroid gland that functions poorly or not at all.
- The empty house became the target for vandals, and five years ago it was badly damaged in a fire.
- 1.1Have a detrimental effect on: the scandal could seriously damage his careerMore example sentences
- Its effects will be particularly damaging on small businesses and entrepreneurs.
- The slur made by your critic is a very serious and damaging one to the organization and its unconditional generosity.
- She does not want her name used for fear of damaging her husband's future career.
Middle English: from Old French, from dam, damne 'loss or damage', from Latin damnum 'loss or hurt'; compare with damn.