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verb [transitive] damage pronunciation in British 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.

    Jogging on roads can damage your knees.

    badly/severely/seriously/extensively damage:

    The house had been severely damaged by fire.

    irreparably/permanently damage:

    Environmentalists argue that the scheme 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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