When you damage something you hurt it in a way that makes it less valuable or useful. Say you throw a baseball and it flies over your friend's head and cracks your dad's windshield. Congratulations, you've damaged your dad's car.

Damage can also be a noun. That crack in the windshield? It doesn't matter whether you 'fess up or blame your friend or a giant falling acorn. It made the car less valuable and harder to drive, therefore it is considered damage. Another meaning of damage implies the damage done to your wallet when you buy something. In a restaurant, you might hear someone ask "What's the damage?" when the check comes to the table.

Primary Meanings of damage

the occurrence of a change for the worse
inflict damage upon
the amount of money needed to purchase something
Full Definitions of damage

n the occurrence of a change for the worse

harm, impairment
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detriment, hurt
a damage or loss
deformation, distortion
a change for the worse
ladder, ravel, run
a row of unravelled stitches
a detriment or sacrifice
warp, warping
a moral or mental distortion
Type of:
alteration, change, modification
an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another

n the act of damaging something or someone

harm, hurt, scathe
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damage that results in a reduction of strength or quality
defacement, disfiguration, disfigurement
the act of damaging the appearance or surface of something
wound, wounding
the act of inflicting a wound
damage inflicted by fire
an act that despoils the innocence or beauty of something
the act of burning with steam or hot water
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change of integrity
the act of changing the unity or wholeness of something

n loss of military equipment

equipment casualty
battle damage, combat casualty
loss of military equipment in battle
operational casualty, operational damage
loss of military equipment in field operations
Type of:
a decrease of military personnel or equipment

n any harm or injury resulting from a violation of a legal right

legal injury, wrong
Type of:
wrongdoing that violates another's rights and is unjustly inflicted

v inflict damage upon

“The snow damaged the roof”
“She damaged the car when she hit the tree”
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burn with heat, fire, or radiation
damage by frost
cause to leak
render inoperable or ineffective
damage beyond the point of repair
damage (plant tissue) by abrasion or pressure
damage as if by shaking or jarring
afflict, smite
cause physical pain or suffering in
hurt, injure
cause damage or affect negatively
make worse or less effective
blemish, flaw
add a flaw or blemish to; make imperfect or defective
corrode, eat, rust
cause to deteriorate due to the action of water, air, or an acid
eat away, erode, fret
remove soil or rock
cut up, mangle, mutilate
destroy or injure severely
damage or destroy
deflower, impair, mar, spoil, vitiate
make imperfect
wear away, whittle away, whittle down
cut away in small pieces
bang up, smash, smash up
damage or destroy as if by violence
burn with a hot liquid or steam
form by erosion
blacken, char, scorch, sear
burn slightly and superficially so as to affect color
cloud, corrupt, defile, sully, taint
place under suspicion or cast doubt upon
blemish, deface, disfigure
mar or spoil the appearance of
blight, plague
cause to suffer a blight
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v suffer or be susceptible to damage

“These fine china cups damage easily”
Type of:
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

n the amount of money needed to purchase something

“how much is the damage?”
price, terms
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asking price, selling price
the price at which something is offered for sale
bid price
(stock market) the price at which a broker is willing to buy a certain security
closing price
(stock market) the price of the last transaction completed during a day's trading session
factory price
price charged for goods picked up at the factory
highway robbery
an exorbitant price
purchase price
the price at which something is actually purchased
cash price, spot price
the current delivery price of a commodity traded in the spot market
support level
(stock market) the price at which a certain security becomes attractive to investors
assessed price
offer price
(stock market) the price at which a broker is willing to sell a certain security
upset price
(auction) the minimum price at which a seller of property will entertain bids
list price
the selling price of something as stated in a catalogue or price list; often subject to discounts
Type of:
the total spent for goods or services including money and time and labor

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