Definition of blame verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

blame

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//bleɪm//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bleɪm//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they blame
BrE BrE//bleɪm//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bleɪm//
 
he / she / it blames
BrE BrE//bleɪmz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bleɪmz//
 
past simple blamed
BrE BrE//bleɪmd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bleɪmd//
 
past participle blamed
BrE BrE//bleɪmd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bleɪmd//
 
-ing form blaming
BrE BrE//ˈbleɪmɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbleɪmɪŋ//
 
 
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  •  to think or say that somebody/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.
  • Word Origin Middle English: from Old French blamer, blasmer (verb), from a popular Latin variant of ecclesiastical Latin blasphemare ‘reproach, revile, blaspheme’, from Greek blasphēmein, from blasphēmos ‘evil-speaking’.Extra examples A spokesman said that bad weather was partly to blame for the delay. Blaming the victim is characteristic of any prejudice. He is widely blamed for masterminding the attacks. I don’t blame Jack for the mistake. The government has been widely blamed for the crisis. Whenever something goes wrong, everyone blames it on me. You can hardly blame Peter for being angry with her. You can’t really blame them for not telling you. Call her if you like but don’t blame me if she’s angry. If you lose your job you’ll only have yourself to blame. She blamed the government for failing to respond to the crisis. She doesn’t blame anyone for her father’s death.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?
     (informal) used to advise somebody 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)
     
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     (informal) used to say that you think that what somebody 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 somebody’s own fault If you lose your job, you'll only have yourself to blame.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: blame

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