The damage to a car after an accident.
- 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.
- injury or harm to a person or thing, resulting in a loss in soundness or value
- [pl.]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 of damageMiddle English from Old French from dam from Classical Latin damnum, loss, injury: see damn
transitive verb-·aged, -·ag·ing
- Destruction or a loss in value, usefulness, or ability resulting from an action or event.
- damages Law Money required to be paid as compensation for an injury or wrong.
- Informal Cost; price: What's the damage for the tickets to the show?
verbdam·aged, dam·ag·ing, dam·ag·es
Origin of damageMiddle English from Old French dam loss ( from Latin damnum ) -age -age
(countable and uncountable, plural damages)
(third-person singular simple present damages, present participle damaging, simple past and past participle damaged)