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.

Definitions of damage
  1. noun
    the occurrence of a change for the worse
    synonyms: 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
  2. noun
    the act of damaging something or someone
    synonyms: 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 severely damaging or ruining 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
  3. noun
    loss of military equipment
    synonyms: equipment casualty
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    battle damage, combat casualty
    loss of military equipment in battle
    operational casualty, operational damage
    loss of military equipment in field operations
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    a decrease of military personnel or equipment
  4. noun
    any harm or injury resulting from a violation of a legal right
    synonyms: legal injury, wrong
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    wrongdoing that violates another's rights and is unjustly inflicted
  5. verb
    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
    blight, 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, pollute, sully, taint, tarnish
    place under suspicion or cast doubt upon
    blemish, deface, disfigure
    mar or spoil the appearance of
    blight, plague
    cause to suffer a blight
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    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  6. verb
    suffer or be susceptible to damage
    “These fine china cups damage easily”
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    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
  7. noun
    the amount of money needed to purchase something
    “how much is the damage?”
    synonyms: 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
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    the total spent for goods or services including money and time and labor
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