Blame is about being responsible for something that's bad or has gone wrong. If you have a headache, you might blame it on the heat, or on not getting enough sleep.

A person can be to blame for something. Your mom might walk into the house, see a broken lamp and blame you. Often, in official contexts, blame is "assigned" or "placed." A common complaint among younger siblings is, "Why do I always get blamed for everything?"

Definitions of blame
  1. noun
    an accusation that one is responsible for some lapse or misdeed
    “the police laid the blame on the driver”
    synonyms: incrimination, inculpation
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    an accusation that incriminates yourself
    type of:
    accusal, accusation
    a formal charge of wrongdoing brought against a person; the act of imputing blame or guilt
  2. noun
    a reproach for some lapse or misdeed
    “he took the blame for it”
    synonyms: rap
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    type of:
    a mild rebuke or criticism
  3. verb
    put or pin the blame on
    synonyms: fault
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    absolve, free, justify
    excuse or free from blame
    blame or punish someone for the errors of others
    type of:
    accuse, charge
    blame for, make a claim of wrongdoing or misbehavior against
  4. verb
    attribute responsibility to
    “We blamed the accident on her”
    synonyms: charge
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    type of:
    ascribe, assign, attribute, impute
    attribute or credit to
  5. verb
    harass with constant criticism
    synonyms: find fault, pick
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    type of:
    criticise, criticize, knock, pick apart
    find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws
  6. adjective
    expletives used informally as intensifiers
    “it's a blamed shame”
    “a blame cold winter”
    cursed, curst
    deserving a curse; sometimes used as an intensifier
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