fault

fault
[[t]fɔ͟ːlt[/t]]
♦♦♦
faults, faulting, faulted
1) N-SING: with poss If a bad or undesirable situation is your fault, you caused it or are responsible for it.

There was no escaping the fact: it was all his fault...

A few borrowers will find themselves in trouble with their repayments through no fault of their own.

2) N-COUNT: usu with supp A fault is a mistake in what someone is doing or in what they have done.

It is a big fault to think that you can learn how to manage people in business school.

Syn:
error, mistake
3) N-COUNT: usu with supp, oft poss N A fault in someone or something is a weakness in them or something that is not perfect.

His manners had always made her blind to his faults.

...a short delay due to a minor technical fault...

Pilots were trying to repair a fault in the plane when it crashed...

For all its faults, the film presents a clear message.

Syn:
4) VERB: with brd-neg If you cannot fault someone, you cannot find any reason for criticizing them or the things that they are doing.

[V n for n/-ing] You can't fault them for lack of invention...

[V n] It is hard to fault the way he runs his own operation.

5) N-COUNT A fault is a large crack in the surface of the earth.

...the San Andreas Fault.

6) N-COUNT A fault in tennis is a service that is wrong according to the rules.
7) PHRASE: v-link PHR If someone or something is at fault, they are to blame or are responsible for a particular situation that has gone wrong.

He could never accept that he had been at fault...

There are no indications that standard security arrangements were at fault.

Syn:
to blame
8) PHRASE: V inflects, usu PHR with n If you find fault with something or someone, you look for mistakes and complain about them.

I was disappointed whenever the cook found fault with my work.

Syn:
9) PHRASE: usu adj PHR (emphasis) If you say that someone has a particular good quality to a fault, you are emphasizing that they have more of this quality than is usual or necessary.

Jefferson was generous to a fault...

Others will tell you that she is modest to a fault, funny, clever and warm.


English dictionary. 2008.

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