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

 

fault

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//fɔːlt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fɔːlt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they fault
BrE BrE//fɔːlt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fɔːlt//
 
he / she / it faults
BrE BrE//fɔːlts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fɔːlts//
 
past simple faulted
BrE BrE//ˈfɔːltɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːltɪd//
 
past participle faulted
BrE BrE//ˈfɔːltɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːltɪd//
 
-ing form faulting
BrE BrE//ˈfɔːltɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːltɪŋ//
 
 
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fault somebody/something (often used in negative sentences with can and could) to find a mistake or a weakness in somebody/something synonym criticize Her colleagues could not fault her dedication to the job. He had always been polite—she couldn't fault him on that. Word Origin Middle English faut(e) ‘lack, failing’, from Old French, based on Latin fallere ‘deceive’. The -l- was added (in French and English) in the 15th cent. to conform with the Latin word, but did not become standard in English until the 17th cent., remaining silent in pronunciation until well into the 18th.
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