American English

Definition of damage noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] damage (to something) physical harm caused to something that makes it less attractive, useful, or valuable serious/severe/extensive/permanent/minor damage brain/liver, etc. damage fire/smoke/storm damage The earthquake caused property damage estimated at $6 million. The storm didn't do much damage. Let's take a look at the damage. I insist on paying for the damage. Make sure you insure your camera against loss or damage.
  2. 2[uncountable] damage (to somebody/something) harmful effects on someone or something emotional damage resulting from divorce damage to a person's reputation This could cause serious damage to the country's economy. I'm going—I've done enough damage here already.
  3. 3damages [plural] an amount of money that a court decides should be paid to someone by the person, company, etc., that has caused them harm or injury He was ordered to pay damages totalling $30,000. They intend to sue for damages. Ann was awarded $6,000 in damages.
  4. Idioms
    what's the damage? (informal)
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    a way of asking how much something costs
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: damage