responsible

adj.
1 having the job/duty of doing sth
VERBS
be
become
remain
make sb

I am making you responsible for the cooking.

leave sb

I'm leaving you responsible for Juliet's protection.

ADVERB
completely, entirely, fully, totally, wholly
chiefly, largely, mainly, primarily
directly

Thompson is directly responsible for all aspects of the business unit.

individually, personally
solely

if you're solely responsible for your family's welfare

collectively, equally, jointly

Members of the committee are collectively responsible for all decisions taken.

Both parents are equally responsible for raising the children.

formally, legally
nominally

the person nominally responsible for staff training

ultimately

The board is ultimately responsible for policy decisions.

financially
PREPOSITION
for

They're responsible for cleaning the engine.

2 being the cause of sth/to blame for sth
VERBS
be, feel, seem

No single pathogen seems wholly responsible for the disease.

become
believe sb (to be), consider sb, deem sb, find sb, hold sb, regard sb as, see sb as, think sb

A man arrested in Madrid is believed to be responsible for the bombings.

They held him responsible for the failure of the policy.

ADVERB
completely, entirely, fully, wholly
chiefly, largely, mainly, primarily, principally

It's been one of the factors chiefly responsible for improved public health.

in part, partially, partly, somewhat
equally

We are all equally responsible for its success.

directly
indirectly
personally
single-handedly, solely

He was almost single-handedly responsible for the flourishing drug trade in the town.

ultimately
somehow

Did he think her somehow responsible for Mario's death?

morally
criminally
PREPOSITION
for

Who was responsible for the mistake?

3 having to report to sb/sth
VERBS
be
ADVERB
directly
ultimately

a complex web of party bodies ultimately responsible to the Central Committee

PREPOSITION
to

The prime minister is directly responsible to Parliament.

4 showing/needing good sense and reliability
VERBS
be, seem
become
consider sb

In California you have to be 21 to be considered responsible enough to drink.

make sb

their efforts to make the industry more responsible and responsive to concerns

ADVERB
extremely, fairly, very, etc.
highly
ecologically, environmentally

The organization needs to become more environmentally responsible.

ethically, morally, politically, socially

Resources must be allocated in a morally responsible way.

financially, fiscally (esp. AmE)
PREPOSITION
with

They are not very responsible with money.

Responsible is used with these nouns: ↑adult, ↑attitude, ↑citizen, ↑father, ↑manner, ↑officer, ↑official, ↑parenthood, ↑position, ↑steward, ↑tourism

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  • responsible — responsible, answerable, accountable, amenable, liable can all mean subject to an authority which may exact redress in case of default. Responsible, answerable, and accountable are very close, all meaning capable of being called upon to answer or …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • responsible — re·spon·si·ble adj 1 a: liable to be called on to answer b: liable to be called to account as the primary cause, motive, or agent c: liable to legal review or in case of fault to penalties 2: characterized by trustworthiness, integrity, and… …   Law dictionary

  • responsible — [ri spän′sə bəl] adj. [MFr < L responsus: see RESPONSE] 1. expected or obliged to account (for something, to someone); answerable; accountable 2. involving accountability, obligation, or duties [a responsible position] 3. that can be charged… …   English World dictionary

  • Responsible — Re*spon si*ble (r?*sp?n s?*b l), a. [Cf. F. responsable. See {Respond}.] 1. Liable to respond; likely to be called upon to answer; accountable; answerable; amenable; as, a guardian is responsible to the court for his conduct in the office. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • responsible — 1590s, answerable (to another, for something), from Fr. responsible, from L. responsus, pp. of respondere to respond (see RESPOND (Cf. respond)). Meaning morally accountable for one s actions is attested from 1836. Retains the sense of obligation …   Etymology dictionary

  • responsible — [adj1] accountable, in charge answerable, at fault, at the helm, authoritative, bonded, bound, bound to, carrying the load, censurable, chargeable, compelled, constrained, contracted, culpable, decision making, devolving on, duty bound, engaged,… …   New thesaurus

  • responsible — ► ADJECTIVE 1) having an obligation to do something, or having control over or care for someone. 2) being the cause of something and so able to be blamed or credited for it. 3) morally accountable for one s behaviour. 4) capable of being trusted …   English terms dictionary

  • responsible — is spelt ible, not able. See able, ible …   Modern English usage

  • responsible — re|spon|si|ble W2S2 [rıˈspɔnsıbəl US rıˈspa:n ] adj ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(guilty)¦ 2¦(in charge of)¦ 3¦(sensible)¦ 4¦(cause)¦ 5 responsible job/position 6 be responsible to somebody ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1.) ¦(GUILTY)¦ [not before noun] if someone is responsible for an… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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