Definition of damage noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈdæmɪdʒ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdæmɪdʒ//
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  1. 1  [uncountable] damage (to something) physical harm caused to something which makes it less attractive, useful or valuable serious/severe/extensive/permanent/minor damage brain/liver etc. damage fire/smoke/bomb/storm damage The earthquake caused damage to property 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 somebody/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. See related entries: Terrorism
  3. 3damages [plural] an amount of money that a court decides should be paid to somebody 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. See related entries: Types of punishment
  4. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French, from dam, damne ‘loss or damage’, from Latin damnum ‘loss or hurt’; compare with damn.Extra examples A woman is to bring a civil damages claim against the two men. At the moment it is difficult to assess the extent of the damage. Crops are sprayed with chemicals to prevent damage from insects. Don’t try to apologize—the damage is done. He decided to sue the company for damages. He received damages for personal injury. He was prosecuted for criminal damage to a vehicle. If goods are lost in transit, the carrier will be liable for damages. Serious damage control was needed after the information was leaked to the papers. She suffered serious brain damage at birth. She was awarded damages of £90 000. The attempt at stopping the floods turned into a damage-limitation exercise. The building suffered extensive damage by fire in 1925. The cost of the damage is estimated at around $2 billion. The court will assess the damages. The earthquake caused widespread damage to property. The incident did permanent damage to relations between the two countries. The insurance policy covers the building for accidental damage. The judge upheld her claim for damages against her former employer. The power plant will cause untold damage to the local environment. They are claiming $5 million in damages. They inflicted severe psychological damage on their opponents. damages incurred by the unfairly sacked workers lasting damage to the environment Can we evaluate the emotional damage resulting from divorce? He was hit by a car and suffered severe brain damage. I’m going—I’ve done enough damage here already. Let’s take a look at the damage. The earthquake caused damage to property estimated at $60 million. The trial caused long-term damage to her reputation. We assessed the storm damage.Idioms (informal) a way of asking how much something costs
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