- The definition of damage is injury or harm to a person or thing that reduces health, value or usefulness.
- An example of damage is a shattered hip that needs replacement.
- An example of damage is a chair that's been broken.
- An example of damage is the devastation after a tornado.
The damage to a car after an accident.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- injury or harm to a person or thing, resulting in a loss in soundness or value
- Law money claimed by, or ordered paid to, a person to compensate for injury or loss caused by the wrong of the opposite party or parties
- Informal cost or expense
Origin: Middle English ; from Old French ; from dam ; from Classical Latin damnum, loss, injury: see damn
- damageable adjective
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- Harm or injury to property or a person, resulting in loss of value or the impairment of usefulness.
- damages Law Money ordered to be paid as compensation for injury or loss.
- Informal Cost; price.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French : dam, loss (from Latin damnum) + -age, -age.
- damˌage·a·bilˈi·ty noun
- damˈage·a·ble adjective
- damˈag·ing·ly adverb