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damage

noun [U]
 
 
/ˈdæmɪdʒ/
harm that is done to someone or something that makes them less successful: damage to sth/sb The firm was lucky to get away with little damage to its reputation.do/cause damage (to sth/sb) The pensions scandal did a lot of damage to the Government's credibility.inflict damage on sth/sb Public relations disasters could inflict damage on the brand. The solicitors say their clients will hold the bank liable for any loss and damage suffered as a result of the arrangements. severe/irreparable/serious damage economic/financial damage
physical harm that is done to something: They asked their insurers to assess the damage so that they could make a claim.do/cause damage (to sth) The government estimates the damage done by the fires at millions of pounds. Roofs are most likely to suffer damage during a hurricane. storm/wind/water damage severe/irreparable/serious damage environmental/structural damage
damages [plural] LAW money that a person or organization is ordered by a court of law to pay to another person or organization because they are responsible for harming them in some way: They want the rival company to withdraw the product and pay damages.£140,000/$12 million, etc. in damages Juries have been handing out millions of dollars in damages for minor injuries. A party failing to fulfil their part of the contract will presumably be liable for damages.award damages (to sb) In addition to the damages awarded to Robertson, his wife was awarded $500,000.claim/seek/sue for damages (for sth) He was seeking damages for breach of contract,.be awarded/receive/recover damages (for sth) If the odds of survival fell because of a missed diagnosis, victims would be able to try to recover damages.
the damage is done harm has been caused and it is too late to change the situation: Even though he was acquitted, the damage was done.
→  See also actual damages , additional damages , apparent damage , civil damages , compensatory damages , consequential damages , criminal damage , exemplary damages , incidental damages , liquidated damages , money damages , nominal damages , non-economic damages , property damage , punitive damages , treble damages , unspecified damages
Translations of “damage”
in Korean 피해, 손해…
in Arabic ضَرَر, أذى…
in French dommage, dommages et intérêts…
in Turkish zarar, ziyan, yaralama…
in Italian danno, danni…
in Chinese (Traditional) 損害,危害, 損壞, 傷害…
in Russian повреждение…
in Polish uszkodzenie…
in Spanish daño, daños y perjuicios…
in Portuguese dano, prejuízo…
in German der Schaden, der Schadensersatz…
in Catalan danys…
in Japanese 被害, 損傷…
in Chinese (Simplified) 损害,危害, 损坏, 伤害…
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