responsibility

responsibility
[[t]rɪspɒ̱nsɪbɪ̱lɪti[/t]]
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1) N-UNCOUNT: oft N for n/-ing If you have responsibility for something or someone, or if they are your responsibility, it is your job or duty to deal with them and to take decisions relating to them.

Each manager had responsibility for just under 600 properties...

We need to take responsibility for looking after our own health...

`She's not your responsibility,' he said gently.

2) N-UNCOUNT: oft N for n If you accept responsibility for something that has happened, you agree that you were to blame for it or you caused it.

British Rail has admitted responsibility for the accident...

Someone had to give orders and take responsibility for mistakes.

3) N-PLURAL: usu with supp Your responsibilities are the duties that you have because of your job or position.

I am told that he handled his responsibilities as a counselor in a highly intelligent and caring fashion.

...programmes to help employees balance work and family responsibilities.

4) N-UNCOUNT If someone is given responsibility, they are given the right or opportunity to make important decisions or to take action without having to get permission from anyone else.

She would have loved to have a better-paying job with more responsibility...

Carrington held a position of responsibility within the government.

5) N-SING: usu N to-inf If you think that you have a responsibility to do something, you feel that you ought to do it because it is morally right to do it.

The court feels it has a responsibility to ensure that customers are not misled...

As parents we have a responsibility to give our children a sense of belonging.

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6) N-SING: N to/towards n If you think that you have a responsibility to someone, you feel that it is your duty to take action that will protect their interests.

She had decided that as a doctor she had a responsibility to her fellow creatures.


English dictionary. 2008.

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