Meaning of “responsible” - Learner’s Dictionary


adjective uk us /rɪˈspɒnsəbl/
be responsible for sb/sth/doing sth

B1 to be the person whose duty is to deal with someone or something:

I'm responsible for looking after the children in the evenings.
be responsible for sth/doing sth

B2 to be the person who caused something to happen, especially something bad:

Who was responsible for the accident?

B2 showing good judgment and able to be trusted:

a hard-working and responsible employee
a responsible attitude
→ Opposite irresponsible

B2 A responsible job is important because you have to make decisions that affect other people.

be responsible to sb

If you are responsible to someone at work, they are in a higher position than you and you have to tell them what you have done.

(Definition of “responsible” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)