responsibility Definition

the state or fact of having a duty to deal with something or of having control over someone.

Using responsibility: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "responsibility" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    It is your responsibility to finish the project on time.

  • Example

    Parents have a responsibility to take care of their children.

  • Example

    The company has a social responsibility to reduce its carbon footprint.

  • Example

    He takes full responsibility for his actions.

responsibility Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for responsibility

Idioms Using responsibility

  • to take control of a situation and accept responsibility for it


    She took responsibility by the horns and resolved the issue.

  • a feeling of obligation or duty towards something or someone


    He has a strong sense of responsibility towards his family.

  • to take on a responsibility or burden


    He shouldered the responsibility of taking care of his sick mother.

Phrases with responsibility

  • to take on a duty or obligation


    I assume full responsibility for the mistake.

  • to accept responsibility for something


    He bears the responsibility for the accident.

  • to avoid or neglect one's responsibilities


    He was accused of shirking his responsibilities at work.

Origins of responsibility

from Latin 'responsum', meaning 'answer'


Summary: responsibility in Brief

The term 'responsibility' [rɪˌspɒnsəˈbɪlɪti] refers to having a duty or control over something or someone. It can be seen in various contexts, such as personal obligations, social duties, and professional accountabilities. Examples include 'It is your responsibility to finish the project on time,' and 'Parents have a responsibility to take care of their children.' Phrases like 'assume responsibility' and idioms like 'shoulder the responsibility' denote taking on a burden or obligation.

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