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responsibility

noun uk   /rɪˌspɒn.sɪˈbɪl.ɪ.ti/ us    /-ˌspɑːn.səˈbɪl.ə.t̬i/

responsibility noun (DUTY)

B2 [C or U] something that it is your job or duty to deal with: [+ to infinitive] It's her responsibility to ensure the project finishes on time. She takes her responsibilities as a nurse very seriously. have responsibility to be in a position of authority over someone and to have a duty to make certain that particular things are done: Who has responsibility here? Jenny, you have responsibility for clearing up the room after the class. have a responsibility to sb to have a duty to work for or help someone who is in a position of authority over you: The company says it cannot cut its prices any more because it has a responsibility to its shareholders.

responsibility noun (BLAME)

B2 [U] blame for something that has happened: Terrorists have claimed responsibility for (= stated that they caused) yesterday's bomb attack. The minister took/accepted full responsibility for (= admitted that he was to blame for) the disaster and resigned.

responsibility noun (GOOD JUDGMENT)

[U] good judgment and the ability to act correctly and make decisions on your own: He has no sense of responsibility. The job carries a lot of responsibility (= it involves making important decisions).
(Definition of responsibility from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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