Definition of damage in English:


Syllabification: dam·age
Pronunciation: /ˈdamij


  • 1Physical harm caused to something in such a way as to impair its value, usefulness, or normal function.
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    • 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.
    harm, destruction, vandalism; injury, impairment, desecration, vitiation, detriment; ruin, havoc, devastation
  • 1.1Unwelcome and detrimental effects: the damage to his reputation was considerable
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    • 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.


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what's the damage?

informal humorous Used to ask the cost of something.
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  • I'll settle up now, what's the damage?
  • What's the damage? Forty quid a session.
cost, price, expense, charge, total


Middle English: from Old French, from dam, damne 'loss or damage', from Latin damnum 'loss or hurt'; compare with damn.

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