damage Definition

  • 1physical harm caused to something that makes it less attractive, useful, or valuable
  • 2harmful effects on something that make it weaker or less successful
  • 3money that is paid to someone because they have been harmed or injured

Using damage: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "damage" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The storm caused a lot of damage to the building.

  • Example

    The accident resulted in serious damage to his car.

  • Example

    The scandal caused irreparable damage to his reputation.

  • Example

    The company is liable for any damage caused by their products.

damage Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for damage

Antonyms for damage

Idioms Using damage

  • to cause harm or injury


    The hurricane did a lot of damage to the coastal towns.

  • paying for something that has been damaged or destroyed


    The insurance company is on the damage for the repairs to my car.

  • to accept the consequences of something that has gone wrong


    He knew he had made a mistake and was willing to take the damage for it.

Phrases with damage

  • unintended harm or damage caused to people or things that are not intended to be affected by a particular action or event


    The bombing campaign resulted in significant collateral damage to nearby buildings and civilians.

  • actions taken to limit or minimize the negative effects of something that has gone wrong or is likely to go wrong


    The company's PR team went into damage control mode after the scandal broke out.

  • to suffer harm or injury


    The car took a lot of damage in the accident.

Origins of damage

from Old French 'damager', from Latin 'damnum', meaning 'loss'


Summary: damage in Brief

The term 'damage' [ˈdæmɪdʒ] refers to physical harm or harmful effects that make something less attractive, useful, or valuable. It can also refer to money paid to someone who has been harmed or injured. Examples include 'The storm caused a lot of damage to the building,' and 'The scandal caused irreparable damage to his reputation.' Phrases like 'collateral damage' and 'damage control' denote unintended harm and actions taken to limit negative effects, respectively.

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