What does damage mean?

Definitions for damage
ˈdæm ɪdʒdam·age

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word damage.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. damage, harm, impairmentnoun

    the occurrence of a change for the worse

  2. damage, equipment casualtynoun

    loss of military equipment

  3. damage, harm, hurt, scathenoun

    the act of damaging something or someone

  4. price, terms, damagenoun

    the amount of money needed to purchase something

    "the price of gasoline"; "he got his new car on excellent terms"; "how much is the damage?"

  5. wrong, legal injury, damageverb

    any harm or injury resulting from a violation of a legal right

  6. damageverb

    inflict damage upon

    "The snow damaged the roof"; "She damaged the car when she hit the tree"

  7. damageverb

    suffer or be susceptible to damage

    "These fine china cups damage easily"


  1. damagenoun

    The abstract measure of something not being intact; harm.

    The storm did a lot of damage to the area.

  2. damagenoun

    Cost or expense.

    "What's the damage?" he asked the waiter.

  3. damageverb

    To make something less intact or even destroy it; to harm or cause destruction.

    Be careful not to damage any of the fragile items while unpacking them.

  4. Etymology: From damage (Modern French dommage), from from Classical damnum.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. DAMAGEnoun

    Etymology: damage, French.

    Gross errours and absurdities many commit for want of a friend to tell them of them, to the great damage both of their fame and fortune. Francis Bacon, Essay 28.

    Such as were either sent from thence, or raised here, did commonly do more hurt and damage to the English subjects than to the Irish enemies, by their continual sess and extortion. John Davies, on Ireland.

    He repulsed the enemy very much to their damage. Edward Hyde.

    His heart exalts him in the harm
    Already done, to have dispeopled heav’n,
    My damage fondly deem’d! John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. vii.

    They believed that they were not able, though they should be willing to sell all they have in Ireland, to pay the damages which had been sustained by the war. Edward Hyde.

    The bishop demanded restitution of the spoils taken by the Scots, or damages for the same. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

    Tell me whether, upon exhibiting the several particulars which I have related to you, I may not sue her for damages in a court of justice? Joseph Addison, Guardian, №. 97.

    When the judge had awarded due damages to a person, into whose field a neighbour’s oxen had broke, it is reported that he reversed his own sentence, when he heard that the oxen, which had done this mischief, were his own. Isaac Watts, Logick.

  2. To Damageverb

    To mischief; to injure; to impair; to hurt; to harm.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    I consider time as an immense ocean, into which many noble authors are entirely swallowed up, many very much shattered and damaged, some quite disjointed and broken into pieces. Joseph Addison, Spectator. №. 223.

  3. To Damageverb

    To take damage, or be damaged.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Damagenoun

    injury or harm to person, property, or reputation; an inflicted loss of value; detriment; hurt; mischief

  2. Damagenoun

    the estimated reparation in money for detriment or injury sustained; a compensation, recompense, or satisfaction to one party, for a wrong or injury actually done to him by another

  3. Damagenoun

    to ocassion damage to the soudness, goodness, or value of; to hurt; to injure; to impair

  4. Damageverb

    to receive damage or harm; to be injured or impaired in soudness or value; as. some colors in /oth damage in sunlight

  5. Etymology: [Cf. OF. damagier, domagier. See Damage, n.]


  1. Damage

    Damage, also known as Fatale, is a 1992 film directed by Louis Malle. It is based on the novel Damage by Josephine Hart. The plot is about a politician who shares a sexual relationship with his son's girlfriend. Miranda Richardson was nominated for an Academy Award and won a BAFTA in the category of Best Supporting Actress for her performance as the aggrieved wife of the film's main character.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Damage

    dam′āj, n. hurt, injury, loss: the value of what is lost: (coll.) cost: (pl.) the pecuniary reparation due for loss or injury sustained by one person through the fault or negligence of another.—v.t. to harm.—v.i. to take injury.—adj. Dam′ageable. [O. Fr. damage (Fr. dommage)—L. damnum, loss.]

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Damage

    See “What’s the Damage?”

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'damage' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1443

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'damage' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2234

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'damage' in Nouns Frequency: #488

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'damage' in Verbs Frequency: #480

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of damage in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of damage in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of damage in a Sentence

  1. Environment Ministry official Guy Samet:

    Crude oil flowed throughout the reserve, causing serious damage ... to flora and fauna.

  2. Barbara Bloom:

    When the Japanese mend broken objects they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold, because they believe that when something's suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful.

  3. Wang Wenbin:

    On issues concerning China's sovereignty and territorial integrity and other core interests, there is no room for compromise, we urged the Wang Wenbin side to earnestly follow the One China principle... be cautious in words and deeds on the Taiwan issue, and not send any wrong signal to pro-Taiwan independence and separatist forces -- so it won't cause serious damage to the situation across the Taiwan Strait and China-US relations.

  4. Doug Cress:

    We expect the damage will be significant in places already vulnerable to ocean plastic pollution, like Southeast Asia.

  5. Ishwarlal Jialal:

    Fat around the middle is worse than fat anywhere else, it’s where the damage starts in terms of insulin resistance and inflammatory proteins.

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