Meaning of “responsibility” in the English Dictionary

"responsibility" in English

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responsibilitynoun

uk /rɪˌspɒn.sɪˈbɪl.ə.ti/ us /rɪˌspɑːn.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 collecting up the books 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.

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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.

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(Definition of “responsibility” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"responsibility" in American English

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responsibilitynoun

us /rɪˌspɑn·səˈbɪl·ɪ·t̬i/

responsibility noun (DUTY)

[ C/U ] a duty to take care of something:

[ C ] With this promotion, Jorge’s responsibilities will be increased.
[ U ] Parents must assume responsibility for their children.

responsibility noun (BLAME)

[ U ] the cause of a particular action or situation, esp. a harmful or unpleasant one:

The oil company has denied responsibility for the leak.

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"responsibility" in Business English

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responsibilitynoun

uk /rɪˌspɒnsəˈbɪləti/ us

[ C or U ] something that it is your job or duty to deal with:

responsibility to do sth As a board member, I have a responsibility to ask questions.
responsibility towards sb We have a special responsibility towards our employees.
responsibility for sth She will now assume responsibility for the Logistics Division.
take/delegate/share responsibility

[ U ] blame for something that has happened:

responsibility for sth I accept responsibility for the problems.
The company denies responsibility for the disaster.

[ plural ] the things you are in charge of in your job:

Those who survive redundancy may feel compelled to take on increasing responsibilities.
Employees' increased responsibilities are not always recognized.

(Definition of “responsibility” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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responsibility

Ensuring equal rights is a state responsibility.
The essence of high taxation is a national problem and should remain so, and governments nationally should take responsibility for it.
I am convinced that the main responsibility lies with parents and teachers who are in a position to teach children to use television and new technology sensibly and responsibly.
All the other administrative matters of the area will thus be in the hands of the local people, and will be their responsibility.
We need to rethink and recognise that water is our most important asset and that our responsibility towards it goes far beyond the present generation.
We are talking about an objective responsibility and therefore the burden of proof imposed on the victim must be made as light as possible.
If they are so sure that their products are safe then why are they afraid to take responsibility, both as regards liability and compensation?
We therefore need broad cooperation which aims to guarantee the sharing of responsibility among all those countries which currently have a similar security and defence culture and objective.
Responsibility lies with both camps.
I accept full responsibility in this matter.