1 — used to describe the person or thing that causes something to happen ▪ Those responsible will be punished/rewarded. — usually + for ▪ The technicians found the glitch that was responsible for [=that caused] the computer crash. ▪ Police caught the youths responsible for the vandalism. ▪ Who was responsible for the accident? ▪ She's responsible for most of the improvements here in recent months. ▪ He holds me responsible for [=blames me for] the project's failure.2 : having the job or duty of dealing with or taking care of something or someone — + for ▪ She is responsible for the company's publicity. ▪ Each child is responsible for his or her own belongings. ▪ The committee is responsible for organizing the dance. ▪ You are responsible for mowing the lawn. ▪ Who was responsible for choosing this location? ▪ Parents are responsible for their own children.3 [more responsible; most responsible] : able to be trusted to do what is right or to do the things that are expected or required
▪ She is a very responsible worker. ▪ Is he responsible enough to have a car? — opposite irresponsible4 [more responsible; most responsible] : involving important duties, decisions, etc., that you are trusted to do
▪ She got a higher salary and a more responsible position at the company.5 : working under the direction and authority of a particular person — + to ▪ I am responsible to her, and she is directly responsible to the company president.
▪ She is a very responsible worker. ▪ Is he responsible enough to have a car? — opposite irresponsible
▪ She got a higher salary and a more responsible position at the company.