responsibility for a mistake or for something badCOLLOCATIONS COLLOCATIONS take/accept the blame (=say that something is your fault) get the blame (=be blamed) put/lay/pin/place the blame (for something) on somebody (=blame someone, especially for something that is not their fault) share the blame apportion/assign blame formal (=blame someone) shift the blame (onto somebody) (=blame someone else for something you did) the blame lies with somebody (=used to say that someone did something)
➔ see usage notefault1WORD CHOICE: WORD CHOICE: fault, blame, mistakeIf someone causes something bad, you can say that it is their fault or that they are to blame• The accident was my fault. • Nobody is to blame for what happened. !!Do not say that someone 'has the/a etc fault'• We didn't think that it was our fault OR that we were to blame (NOT that we had any fault).!! Do not say that something is 'someone's blame'.Use faultto mean something that is wrong with a machine or system, or something that you could criticize about a person or thing• The car engine had developed a fault. • The book's only fault is that it is too long.Use mistaketo mean something that is wrong in someone's grammar, spelling, calculations, decisions etc• Please correct any mistakes (NOT faults) in my letter. ➔ See alsofault
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.