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fault

noun  us   /fɔlt/

fault noun (SOMETHING WRONG)

[C] a quality in a person that shows that the person is not perfect, or a condition of something that shows that it is not working perfectly: He loves me in spite of my faults. Some people find fault in everything they see.

fault noun (RESPONSIBILITY)

[U] responsibility for a mistake or for having done something wrong: I screwed up, so it was my fault we didn’t finish on time. The driver was at fault (= responsible) for the accident – he was going too fast.

fault noun (CRACK)

earth science [C] a crack in the earth’s surface where the rock is divided into two parts that can move against each other in an earthquake (= a sudden, violent movement of the earth’s surface)
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fault

verb [T]  us   /fɔlt/

fault verb [T] (RESPONSIBILITY)

to blame someone: Professional athletes cannot be faulted for making millions of dollars when they attract the fans that make the sport popular.
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