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responsible

adjective (DUTY)    /rɪˈspɒn.sɪ.bl̩/ US  /-ˈspɑːn-/
be responsible for sb/sth/doing sth B1 to have control and authority over something or someone and the duty of taking care of it or them: Paul is directly responsible for the efficient running of the office . Her department is responsible for oversee ing the councils .Duty, obligation and responsibility 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 .Being based on or depending on something
(Definition of responsible adjective (DUTY) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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