Meaning of DAMAGE in English

DAMAGE

(~s, damaging, ~d)

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

1.

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

He maliciously ~d a car with a baseball bat...

The sun can ~ your skin.

VERB: V n, V n

2.

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

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

= harm

VERB: V n

damaging

Is the recycling process in itself damaging to the environment?

= harmful

ADJ

3.

Damage is physical harm that is caused to an object.

The blast caused extensive ~ to the house...

Many professional boxers end their careers with brain ~.

N-UNCOUNT: oft N to n

4.

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

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

N-UNCOUNT: oft N to n

5.

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

He was vindicated in court and ~s were awarded.

N-PLURAL

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