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responsible

adjective uk   /rɪˈspɒn.sɪ.bl̩/  us   /-ˈspɑːn-/

responsible adjective (DUTY)

be responsible for sb/sth/doing sth
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B1 to have control and authority over something or someone and the duty of taking care of it, him, or her: Paul is directly responsible for the efficient running of the office. Her department is responsible for overseeing the councils.
be responsible to sb/sth to be controlled by someone or something: In Australia, the prime minister and the Cabinet are responsible to the House of Representatives.

responsible adjective (BLAME)

be responsible for sth/doing sth
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B2 to be the person who caused something to happen, especially something bad: Who is responsible for this terrible mess? Last month's bad weather was responsible for the crop failure.
hold sb/sth responsible to blame someone or something: He held me personally responsible whenever anything went wrong in the project.be responsible for your actions to be in control of yourself so that you can fairly be blamed for your bad actions: The defendant was depressed and therefore not fully responsible for her own actions.

responsible adjective (GOOD JUDGMENT)

B2 having good judgment and the ability to act correctly and make decisions on your own: a hard-working and responsible employee Let's stay calm and try to behave like responsible adults. Many big companies are now becoming more responsible about the way they operate.
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B2 A responsible job or position involves making important decisions or doing important things.
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responsibly
adverb uk   us   /-bli/
When he saw the crash, the young boy acted very responsibly and called the police.
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