responsible - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [never before noun] deserving to be blamed for something that has happened

    Parents feel responsible when things go wrong.

    hold someone responsible (for something):

    The farmer was held responsible for the damage done by his animals.

    find someone responsible (for something):

    How long will they be in prison if they are found responsible?

    1. a.
      [never before noun] if something or someone is responsible for a situation or event, they are the cause of it
      responsible for:

      The chemical is directly responsible for those deaths.

      He was responsible for the accident.

  2. 2
    [never before noun] someone who is responsible for someone or something is in charge of them and must make sure that what they do or what happens to them is right or satisfactory
    responsible for:

    The manager is responsible for the general running of the theatre.

    1. a.
      [usually before noun] a responsible job or position is one in which you have to make important decisions or be in charge of a lot of people
  3. 3
    sensible, reliable, and able to be trusted to do the right thing

    She may be only 14, but she’s very responsible.