Meaning of FAULT in English

FAULT

/ fɔːlt; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun

RESPONSIBILITY

1.

[ U ] fault (that ... ) | fault (for doing sth) the responsibility for sth wrong that has happened or been done :

It was his fault that we were late.

Why should I say sorry when it's not my fault ?

It's nobody's fault.

It's your own fault for being careless.

Many people live in poverty through no fault of their own .

I think the owners are at fault (= responsible) for not warning us.

IN SB'S CHARACTER

2.

[ C ] a bad or weak aspect of sb's character

SYN shortcoming :

He's proud of his children and blind to their faults.

I love her for all her faults (= in spite of them) .

STH WRONG

3.

[ C ] something that is wrong or not perfect with sth; something that is wrong with a machine or system that stops it from working correctly

SYN defect :

The book's virtues far outweigh its faults.

The system, for all its faults , is the best available at the moment.

a major fault in the design

a structural fault

an electrical fault

IN TENNIS

4.

[ C ] a mistake made when serving :

He has served a number of double faults in this set.

GEOLOGY

5.

[ C ] a place where there is a break that is longer than usual in the layers of rock in the earth's crust :

the San Andreas fault

a fault line

IDIOMS

- to a fault

—more at find verb

■ verb

[ vn ] (often used in negative sentences with can and could ) to find a mistake or a weakness in sb/sth

SYN criticize :

Her colleagues could not fault her dedication to the job.

He had always been polite—she couldn't fault him on that.

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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.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.