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blameverb [T]

uk   /bleɪm/  us   /bleɪm/
B1 to say or think that someone or something did something wrong or is responsible for something bad happening: 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 hot weather is partly to blame for the water shortage.

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blamenoun [U]

uk   /bleɪm/  us   /bleɪm/
B2 the situation in which people say or think that someone or something did something wrong or is responsible for something bad happening: Health officials put the blame for the disease on (= say that the reason for the disease is) poor housing conditions. They tried to pin (= put) the blame for the killing on an innocent army officer. 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 your fault: 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 your troubles.
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 final budget agreement.
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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