Meaning of DAMAGE in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ dæmɪdʒ ]

( damages, damaging, damaged)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.


To damage an object means to break it, spoil it physically, or stop it from working properly.

He maliciously damaged a car with a baseball bat...

The sun can damage your skin.

VERB : V n , V n


To damage something means to cause it to become less good, pleasant, or successful.

Jackson doesn’t want to damage his reputation as a political personality...

= harm

VERB : V n

• dam‧ag‧ing

Is the recycling process in itself damaging to the environment?

= harmful



Damage is physical harm that is caused to an object.

The blast caused extensive damage to the house...

Many professional boxers end their careers with brain damage.

N-UNCOUNT : oft N to n


Damage consists of the unpleasant effects that something has on a person, situation, or type of activity.

Incidents of this type cause irreparable damage to relations with the community...

N-UNCOUNT : oft N to n


If a court of law awards damages to someone, it orders money to be paid to them by a person who has damaged their reputation or property, or who has injured them.

He was vindicated in court and damages were awarded.


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