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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 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.
(Definition of responsibility from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"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)
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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