WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
blame /bleɪm/USA pronunciation v., blamed, blam•ing,n. 

v. [+ object]
  • to hold (someone) responsible:Don't blame me for the delay.
  • to find fault with; criticize: [used with a negative word or phrase, or in questions]I don't blame you for leaving.
  • [+ object + on + object] to place the responsibility for (a fault, etc.) on:always blames his mistakes on me.

  • n. [uncountable]
  • an act of finding fault; disapproval;
    criticism:I received most of the blame for the collapse.
  • responsibility for anything deserving of criticism:took the blame for our error.
  • idiom
    1. Idioms to blame, responsible; at fault:The explosion was accidental;
      no one was to blame.

    blame•less,adj.: a blameless life.
    blame•less•ly,adv. 
    blame•less•ness,n. [uncountable]
    blam•er,n. [countable]


    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    blame /bleɪm/ n
    1. responsibility for something that is wrong or deserving censure; culpability
    2. an expression of condemnation; reproof
    vb (transitive)
    1. (usually followed by for) to attribute responsibility to; accuse: I blame him for the failure
    2. (usually followed by on) to ascribe responsibility for (something) to: I blame the failure on him
    3. to find fault with
    Etymology: 12th Century: from Old French blasmer, ultimately from Late Latin blasphēmāre to blaspheme

    ˈblamable, ˈblameable adj ˈblamably, ˈblameably adv



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