responsibility


responsibility
noun
1 being responsible
ADJECTIVE
complete, full, total
awesome, big, enormous, grave, great, heavy, huge, important, serious, tremendous, weighty

It is a great responsibility caring for other people's children.

direct
primary
overall, ultimate

Ultimate responsibility rests with the president.

special
diminished (law, esp. BrE)

He was found not guilty of murder on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

exclusive, sole
collective, communal, joint, mutual, shared
individual, personal
corporate
criminal
security
constitutional, political
environmental, ethical, financial, fiscal, legal, moral, social
VERB + RESPONSIBILITY
have

She has responsibility for public spending.

accept, acknowledge, assume, bear, carry, recognize, shoulder, take, take on, take over

The bank refuses to accept responsibility for the mistake.

Will you take responsibility for arranging the food?

feel

He feels a responsibility to his community.

share
lay, place

The government of the time placed responsibility for the poor on the Church.

assign, delegate, devolve, give sb, hand over

Responsibility is devolved down to the people who are affected.

retain

We retain all responsibility for any shortcomings.

abdicate, escape, evade, shift

They wanted to shift responsibility for the failure onto their employees.

admit, claim

No organization has yet claimed responsibility for the bomb attack.

deny, disclaim, duck

Ducking responsibility is fatal in a democracy.

allocate, assign (sb), give sb
attribute

He attributed responsibility for the killing to the secret service.

burden sb with
absolve sb from, absolve sb of
RESPONSIBILITY + VERB
fall on sb, fall to sb, lie with sb, rest with sb
come with sth

With great power comes great responsibility.

PREPOSITION
responsibility for

Full responsibility for the fiasco lies with the PR department.

responsibility towards/toward

He feels a strong sense of responsibility towards/toward his parents.

PHRASES
the age of criminal responsibility (BrE, law)
the burden of responsibility

Governors carry a special burden of responsibility.

do sth on your own responsibility (= without being told to and being willing to take the blame if it goes wrong)
a position of responsibility
a feeling of responsibility, a sense of responsibility
2 job/duty
ADJECTIVE
heavy, major, onerous
basic, fundamental
added, additional, increased
main

What are the main responsibilities in your job?

departmental, ministerial (BrE), professional, public, teaching
caring (esp. BrE), childcare, domestic, family, household, parental, public, social
fiduciary (esp. AmE), financial
administrative, command, management, managerial, oversight (AmE), supervisory

The sergeant assumed his command responsibilities.

adult

people on the verge of assuming adult responsibilities

contractual, statutory
particular, special
daily, day-to-day
VERB + RESPONSIBILITY
have
carry out, discharge, fulfil/fulfill, meet

an obligation to meet family responsibilities

accept, face up to, take on, undertake

He seems unwilling to face up to his responsibilities as a father.

I don't feel ready to take on new responsibilities.

juggle

She juggled the competing responsibilities of family and work.

handle

The assistants were handling their responsibilities in the only way they could.

exercise
delegate, relinquish, transfer
abandon, avoid, escape, evade, neglect, shirk
relieve sb of
PREPOSITION
responsibility for

The heads of school departments have particular responsibilities for the curriculum.

responsibility to, responsibility towards/toward

The club has a responsibility to its members.

PHRASES
duties and responsibilities, rights and responsibilities

parental rights and responsibilities


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