English Online Dictionary. What means damage? What does damage mean?
Borrowed from Old French damage (Modern French dommage), from Vulgar Latin *damnaticum from Classical Latin damnum.
- IPA(key): /ˈdæmɪdʒ/
- Rhymes: -æmɪdʒ
- Hyphenation: dam‧age
damage (countable and uncountable, plural damages)
- Injury or harm; the condition or measure of something not being intact.
- The storm did a lot of damage to the area.
- Francis Bacon
- Great errors and absurdities many commit for want of a friend to tell them of them, to the great damage both of their fame and fortune.
- (slang) Cost or expense.
- "What's the damage?" he asked the waiter.
damage (third-person singular simple present damages, present participle damaging, simple past and past participle damaged)
- (transitive) To impair the soundness, goodness, or value of; to harm or cause destruction.
- Be careful not to damage any of the fragile items while unpacking them.
- Cold temperatures, heavy rain, falling rocks, strong winds and glacier movement can damage the equipment.
- 1774, Edward Long, The History of Jamaica. Or, General Survey of the Antient and Modern State of that Island, volume 2, book 2, chapter 7, 5:
- The building was erected in two years, at the parochial expence, on the foundation of the former one, which was irreparably damaged by the hurricane of Auguſt, 1712.
- He […] came up to the English admiral and gave him a broadside, with which he killed many of his men and damaged the ship.
- (transitive, obsolete) To undergo damage.
From Vulgar Latin *damnaticum from Classical Latin damnum. Cognate with Old Occitan damnatge.
damage m (oblique plural damages, nominative singular damages, nominative plural damage)
- injury, hurt, insult
- French: dommage
- Norman: dommage
- → English: damage
- → Irish: damáiste
- → Sicilian: damaggiu