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Definition of blame verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they blame
he / she / it blames
past simple blamed
-ing form blaming
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  •  to think or say that someone or something is responsible for something bad blame somebody/something (for something) She doesn't blame anyone for her father's death. A dropped cigarette is being blamed for the fire. blame something on somebody/something Police are blaming the accident on dangerous driving.
  • Idioms
    be to blame (for something)
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    to be responsible for something bad If anyone's to blame, it's me. Which driver was to blame for the accident?
    don't blame me (informal)
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    used to advise someone not to do something, when you think they will do it despite your advice Call her if you like, but don't blame me if she's angry.
    I don't blame you/her, etc. (for doing something) (informal)
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    used to say that you think that what someone did was reasonable and the right thing to do “I just slammed the phone down when he said that.” “I don't blame you!”
    only have yourself to blame
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    used to say that you think something is someone's own fault If you lose your job, you'll only have yourself to blame.
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: blame

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