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From Middle English damage, from Old French damage, from Vulgar Latin *damnāticum from Classical Latin damnum. Compare modern French dommage. Displaced Middle English scath.

  • IPA(key): /ˈdæmɪd͡ʒ/
  • Hyphenation: dam‧age
  • Rhymes: -æmɪdʒ

damage (countable and uncountable, plural damages)

  1. Injury or harm; the condition or measure of something not being intact.
    The storm did a lot of damage to the area.
  2. (slang) Cost or expense.
    "What's the damage?" he asked the waiter.

Currently it is only used as an uncountable noun, except in the specialist legal plural-only sense, which see. There are few examples of the obsolete countable (singular) use.

  • damn
  • indemnity

damage (third-person singular simple present damages, present participle damaging, simple past and past participle damaged)

  1. (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.
  2. (intransitive, obsolete) To undergo damage.
  3. (transitive) To remove a damaged or unsalable item from the sales floor for processing.
  • undamaged
  • damege, dammage, dampnage, domage

From Old French damage, from Vulgar Latin *damnāticum.

  • IPA(key): /daˈmaːd͡ʒ(ə)/, /dɔˈmaːd͡ʒ(ə)/, /ˈdamad͡ʒ(ə)/

damage (plural damages)

  1. damage, harm, injury
  2. loss (of reputation, etc.)
  3. (rare) disability, weakness
  4. (law, often in the plural) damages (compensation for loss)
  • damagen
  • English: damage
  • Scots: dammish
  • “damāǧe, n.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007.

From Vulgar Latin *damnāticum from Classical Latin damnum.

  • (classical) IPA(key): /daˈmadʒə/
  • (late) IPA(key): /daˈmaʒə/

damage oblique singularm (oblique plural damages, nominative singular damages, nominative plural damage)

  1. damage
  2. injury, hurt, insult
  • damagier
  • French: dommage
  • Norman: dommage
  • Friulian: daneç
  • Irish: damáiste
  • Middle English: damage (see there for further descendants)
  • Piedmontese: darmage, darmagi
  • Sicilian: damaggiu

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