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verb [transitive] damage pronunciation in American English /ˈdæmɪdʒ/
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present tense
I/you/we/theydamage
he/she/itdamages
present participledamaging
past tensedamaged
past participledamaged
  1. 1
    to harm something physically so that it is broken, spoiled, or injured
    Many buildings and cars had been damaged in the blast.
    badly/severely/seriously/extensively damage: The house had been severely damaged by fire.
    irreparably/permanently damage: Environmentalists argue that the plan would irreparably damage the island’s ecology.
  2. 2
    to have a negative effect on someone or something
    This latest crisis could damage prospects for economic recovery.
    badly/seriously/severely damage: His political reputation has been seriously damaged by the scandal.

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