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noun     responsibility pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] the state or job of being in charge of someone or something and of making sure that what they do or what happens to them is right or satisfactory

    She has a lot of responsibility as a nurse.

    responsibility for:

    Overall responsibility for the school lies with the head teacher.

    have responsibility for (doing) something:

    You will have responsibility for sales and marketing.

    take responsibility for (doing) something:

    Would someone take responsibility for bringing Paul home?

    assume responsibility for (doing) something:

    Serrano immediately assumed temporary responsibility for foreign affairs.

    a position of responsibility:

    People in positions of responsibility cannot behave like this.

  2. 2
    [countable] a duty that you have to do because it is part of your job or position

    She is my responsibility, now that her parents are gone.

    a responsibility to do something:

    It is your responsibility to provide us with concrete evidence.

    1. a.
      [countable/uncountable] a moral duty to behave in a particular way
      responsibility to/towards:

      What is the individual’s responsibility to others in modern society?

      have a responsibility to/towards someone:

      We have a responsibility to our shareholders and to our depositors.

      have a responsibility to do something:

      We have a responsibility to make sure this never happens again.

      a sense of responsibility:

      Parenthood brings a huge sense of responsibility.

  3. 3
    [uncountable] blame for something that has happened
    claim/accept responsibility for something:

    No one claimed responsibility for the attack on the embassy.

    take responsibility for (doing)something:

    Allan has got to take responsibility for the failure of the deal.

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