from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Harm or injury to property or a person, resulting in loss of value or the impairment of usefulness.
  • n. Law Money ordered to be paid as compensation for injury or loss.
  • n. Informal Cost; price.
  • transitive v. To cause damage to.
  • intransitive v. To suffer or be susceptible to damage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The abstract measure of something not being intact; harm.
  • n. Cost or expense.
  • v. To make something less intact or even destroy it; to harm or cause destruction.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Injury or harm to person, property, or reputation; an inflicted loss of value; detriment; hurt; mischief.
  • n. 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.
  • intransitive v. To receive damage or harm; to be injured or impaired in soundness or value.
  • transitive v. To occasion damage to the soundness, goodness, or value of; to hurt; to injure; to impair.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cause damage to; hurt; harm; injure; lessen the value or injure the interests or reputation of.
  • To receive damage or injury; be injured or impaired in soundness or value: as, a freshly cut crop will damage in a mow or stack.
  • n. Harm; mischance; injury in general.
  • n. Hurt or loss to person, character, or estate; injury to a person or thing by violence or wrongful treatment, or by adverse natural forces; deterioration of value or reputation.
  • n. plural In law, the value in money of what is lost or withheld; the estimated money equivalent for detriment or injury sustained; that which is given or adjudged to repair a loss.
  • n. Cost; expense.
  • n. Synonyms Detriment, Harm, etc. (See injury.) Waste, etc. See loss.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any harm or injury resulting from a violation of a legal right
  • n. loss of military equipment
  • n. the occurrence of a change for the worse
  • n. the act of damaging something or someone
  • v. suffer or be susceptible to damage
  • n. the amount of money needed to purchase something
  • v. inflict damage upon


Middle English, from Old French : dam, loss (from Latin damnum) + -age, -age.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French damage (Modern French dommage), from Vulgar Latin *damnaticum from Classical Latin damnum. (Wiktionary)



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