blame /bleɪm/USA pronunciation  v.,  blamed, blam•ing,n. 

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

n. [uncountable]
  1. an act of finding fault; disapproval;
    criticism:I received most of the blame for the collapse.
  2. responsibility for anything deserving of criticism:took the blame for our error.
idiom
  1. 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]


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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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