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responsibility

noun     /rɪˌspɒnsəˈbɪləti/
[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 . → See also corporate social responsibility, environmental responsibility, social responsibility
(Definition of responsibility noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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