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damage

2 verb
     
damage2 S3 W3 [transitive]
1 to cause physical harm to something or to part of someone's body:
insects that damage crops
badly/severely/seriously damage
Smoking can severely damage your health.
a shampoo for dry or damaged hair
2 to have a bad effect on something or someone in a way that makes them weaker or less successful:
The changes in share values have damaged investor confidence.
emotionally damaged children
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damage, hurt, injure, wound
Damage means to cause physical harm to a thing or to a part of your body Fires can damage crops and animals. He damaged a knee ligament playing rugby. You do not usually talk about damaging a person. Use hurt, injure, or wound instead He was hurt in a climbing accident (NOT He was damaged in a climbing accident). However, you can talk about damaging an unborn child German measles in pregnancy can damage your baby. Use hurt or injure to talk about people suffering physical harm as a result of an accident, earthquake, hurricane etc No one was hurt in the car crash. We hoped he wasn't seriously injured.!! Do not say 'injure someone's health'. Say ' damage someone's health '. Use wound to talk about someone being hurt by a weapon such as a gun or a knife He shot dead three people and wounded several others. a wounded soldier

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