Fault - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |fɔːlt|  American pronunciation of the word fault
Brit.  |fɔːlt|  British pronunciation of the word fault


- a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention (syn: error, mistake)
I could understand his English in spite of his grammatical faults
- an imperfection in an object or machine (syn: defect, flaw)
- the quality of being inadequate or falling short of perfection (syn: demerit)
he knew his own faults much better than she did
- (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other (syn: break, fracture, shift)
they built it right over a geological fault
he studied the faulting of the earth's crust
- (electronics) equipment failure attributable to some defect in a circuit (loose connection or insulation failure or short circuit etc.)
it took much longer to find the fault than to fix it
- responsibility for a bad situation or event
it was John's fault
- (sports) a serve that is illegal (e.g., that lands outside the prescribed area)
he served too many double faults


- put or pin the blame on (syn: blame)

Extra examples

Lack of courage is his worst fault.

If the book has a fault, it's that it's too long.

It's your own fault you missed that bus.

Through no fault of his own, he won't be able to attend the meeting.

She committed too many faults to win the match.

The truck driver was faulted for the accident.

Many have faulted her for not acting sooner.

I can't fault him for trying to protect his family.

Consequently, his final decision cannot be faulted.

I'm really sorry - it's all my fault.

It's your fault we're late.

I didn't sleep well that night, but it was my own fault.

It's my fault for not making your new job clearer.

It sounds as if there's a fault in one of the loudspeakers.

There are two serious faults in Hobsbawm's discussion of nationalism.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: fault
he/she/it: faults
present participle: faulting
past tense: faulted
past participle: faulted
singular: fault
plural: faults
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