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"responsibility" in British 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 ​yourjob or ​duty to ​deal with: [+ to infinitive] It's her responsibility toensure the ​projectfinishes 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 forcollecting 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 ​cutitsprices any more because it has a responsibility to ​itsshareholders.

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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 ​bombattack. The ​minister took/​acceptedfull 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 ​theirchildren.
  • responsibility noun (BLAME)

[U] the ​cause of a ​particularaction or ​situation, esp. a ​harmful or ​unpleasant one: The ​oilcompany has ​denied responsibility for the ​leak.
(Definition of responsibility from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"responsibility" in Business English

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responsibilitynoun

uk   us   /rɪˌspɒnsəˈbɪləti/
[C or U] something that it is your ​job or ​duty to ​deal with: responsibility to do sth As a ​boardmember, I have a responsibility to ​askquestions.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 ​surviveredundancy may ​feel compelled to take onincreasing responsibilities. Employees' increased responsibilities are not always ​recognized.
(Definition of responsibility from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “responsibility”
in Arabic مَسْؤولِيّة…
in Korean 책임…
in Portuguese responsabilidade…
in Catalan responsabilitat…
in Japanese 責任, 義務…
in Chinese (Simplified) 责任, 职责…
in Turkish sorumluluk, mesuliyet…
in Russian обязанность…
in Chinese (Traditional) 責任, 職責…
in Italian responsabilità…
in Polish odpowiedzialność…
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