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Meaning of “blame” in the English Dictionary

"blame" in British English

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blameverb [T]

uk   us   /bleɪm/
B1 to say or ​think that someone or something did something ​wrong or is ​responsible for something ​badhappening: Don't blame me (= it is not my ​fault) if you ​miss the ​bus! Hugh blames his ​mother for his ​lack of ​confidence. Hugh blames his ​lack of ​confidence on his ​mother.I don't blame sb C2 said in ​order to ​tell someone that you ​understand why they are doing something and that you ​agree with the ​reason for doing it: I don't blame him for getting ​angry - she's being really ​annoying. "I ​decided to ​leave." "I don't blame you!"be to blame C1 to be the ​reason for something that ​happens: The ​hotweather is ​partly to blame for the ​watershortage.

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blamenoun [U]

uk   us   /bleɪm/
B2 the ​situation in which ​people say or ​think that someone or something did something ​wrong or is ​responsible for something ​badhappening: Health ​officials put the blame for the ​disease on (= say that the ​reason for the ​disease is)poorhousingconditions. They ​tried to pin (= put) the blame for the ​killing on an ​innocentarmyofficer. We ​want to ​find out what ​happened, not to apportion blame (= to say someone or something was ​wrong).take the blame If you take the blame for something, you say that you did it or that it is ​yourfault: If anything goes ​wrong, I'll take the blame.

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(Definition of blame from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"blame" in American English

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blameverb [T]

 us   /bleɪm/
to make someone or something ​responsible for something: You can’t blame the ​government for all ​yourtroubles.you don’t blame someone If you don’t blame someone for something, you ​understand and ​accept that person's ​reasons for it: I don't blame her for not ​supporting the ​finalbudgetagreement.
blame
noun [U]  us   /bleɪm/
He put the blame on everyone but himself.
(Definition of blame from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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