1. Destruction or a loss in value, usefulness, or ability resulting from an action or event.
2. damages Law Money required to be paid as compensation for an injury or wrong.
3. Informal Cost; price: What's the damage for the tickets to the show?
v. dam·aged, dam·ag·ing, dam·ag·es
To cause damage to.
To suffer or be susceptible to damage.
[Middle English, from Old French : dam, loss (from Latin damnum) + -age, -age.]
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