responsible


responsible
adjective
1 GUILTY (not before noun) if someone is responsible for an accident, mistake, crime etc, it is their fault or they can be blamed
(+ for): The police arrested those responsible for the burglaries. | When he loses his temper, he isn't responsible for his actions. | If any of the children got hurt, I should feel responsible. | hold sb responsible (for) (=blame someone for something): I shall hold you personally responsible for anything that goes wrong.
2 IN CHARGE OF (not before noun) having a duty to be in charge of or to look after someone or something
(+ for): Each commissioner is responsible for a department. | They're not my children, but I still feel responsible for them.
3 responsible job/position/post a job in which the ability to make good judgments and decisions is needed
4 SENSIBLE sensible and able to make good judgments so that you can be trusted: You can leave the children with Stuart - he's very responsible.
—opposite irresponsible
5 be responsible to if you are responsible to someone, that person is in charge of your work and you must explain your actions to them: In the US, cabinet members are directly responsible to the president.
6 CAUSE if something is responsible for a change, problem, event etc, it causes it
(+ for): Social changes are responsible for many of our modern problems.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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