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"responsible" in British English

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responsibleadjective

uk   /rɪˈspɒn.sə.bəl/  us   /rɪˈspɑːn.sə.bəl/
  • 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 ​efficientrunning of the ​office. Her ​department is responsible foroverseeing the ​councils.
be responsible to sb/sth
to be ​controlled by someone or something: In ​Australia, the ​primeminister 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 ​terriblemess? Last month's ​badweather was responsible for the ​cropfailure.
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 ​yourbadactions: The ​defendant was ​depressed and ​therefore not ​fully responsible for her ownactions.

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  • responsible adjective (GOOD JUDGMENT)

B2 having good ​judgment and the ​ability to ​actcorrectly and make ​decisions on ​your own: a ​hard-working and responsible ​employee Let's ​staycalm and ​try to ​behave like responsible ​adults. Many ​bigcompanies are now ​becoming more responsible about the way they ​operate.
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B2 A responsible ​job or ​positioninvolves making ​importantdecisions or doing ​important things.

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responsibly
adverb uk   /rɪˈspɒn.sə.bli/  us   /rɪˈspɑːn.sə.bli/
When he ​saw the ​crash, the ​youngboyacted very responsibly and called the ​police.
(Definition of responsible from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"responsible" in American English

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responsibleadjective

 us   /rɪˈspɑn·sə·bəl/
  • responsible adjective (DUTY)

having the duty of taking ​care of something: The government’s Energy Regulatory Board is responsible for ​nuclearsafety.
A responsible ​job/​position is an ​important one ​involvingcontrol and ​authority over something.
  • responsible adjective (BLAME)

being the ​cause of a ​particularaction or ​situation, esp. a ​harmful or ​unpleasant one: We are not responsible for things getting ​lost in the ​mail.
  • responsible adjective (GOOD JUDGMENT)

having good ​judgment and the ​ability to ​actcorrectly and make ​decisions on ​your own: We ​want to be responsible ​citizens.
(Definition of responsible from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"responsible" in Business English

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responsibleadjective

uk   us   /rɪˈspɒnsəbl/
used to describe something, for ​example, a ​job, where you are able to ​act and make decisions on your own: It's a responsible ​job for which I've been well ​rewarded.
be responsible for sb/sth
to have ​control and ​authority over someone or something and the ​duty to take ​care of them: He is responsible for the council's ​wastemanagementdepartment.
to make something ​happen, especially something ​bad: She was responsible for causing the accident.
be responsible to sb/sth
to be ​controlled by someone or something: Only our ​electedrepresentatives, responsible to us, can make these ​big decisions.
hold sb/sth responsible
to blame someone or something for something ​bad that ​happened: He was ​held responsible for the accident.
be responsible for your actions
to be able to be fairly blamed for ​bad things that you do or mistakes that you make: Although he was ill at the ​time, he was still responsible for his ​actions.
(Definition of responsible from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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