Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “fault”

fault

noun
 
 
/fɔːlt/
[C] something that is wrong with a machine or system: The car had a serious design fault and had to be recalled. An electrical fault caused the fire.
[U] the fact of being responsible for something bad that happens: be sb's fault (that) It was the traders' fault that so many billions were lost.be the fault of sb The court found that the accident was the fault of the local authority. the fault lies with sb We need to decide whether the fault lies with the buyer or the seller in this case.
no-fault LAW relating to legal processes, insurance claims, etc. in which it is not necessary to decide who is responsible for a bad situation: He introduced the nation's first no-fault auto insurance law. a no-fault contract/divorce/system
(Definition of fault from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of fault?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “fault” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

for starters

used to say that something is the first in a list of things

Word of the Day

Come on – you can do it! Phrasal verbs with ‘come’.

by Liz Walter​,
November 19, 2014
As part of an occasional series on the tricky subject of phrasal verbs, this blog looks at ones formed with the verb ‘come’. If you are reading this blog, I’m sure you already know come from, as it is one of the first things you learn in class: I come from Scotland/Spain.

Read More 

ped-text verb

November 24, 2014
to text someone while walking I’m ped-texting, I’m looking down at my phone, 75 percent of the time.

Read More