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- 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.
abstract measure of something not being intact; harm
cost or expense
- (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.
- 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.
to make something less intact or even destroy it; to harm or cause destruction
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