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American English: /rəˈspɑnsəb(ə)l/
British English: /rɪˈspɒnsɪb(ə)l/

Translation of responsible in Spanish:


  • 1 (accountable) (predicative) to be responsible (for something)the window is broken: who's responsible?
    la ventana está rota: ¿quién es el responsable?
    those responsible will be punished a build-up of gas was responsible for the explosion
    una acumulación de gas fue la causa de la explosión
    who was responsible for the flower arrangements?
    ¿quién se encargó de los arreglos florales?
    to hold somebody responsible for something
    responsabilizar or hacer responsable a alguien de algo
    responsible to somebody
    responsable ante alguien
    they are responsible to the committee
    son responsables ante el comité
    Example sentences
    • The law holds that such blame and censure are only appropriate if the offender was morally responsible for his behaviour.
    • They called instead for a morally serious art, which would teach responsible behaviour by example.
    • Western culture is based on an idea of an integrated, coherent, solid-state self and on the related idea that we are all equally morally responsible.
  • 2 (in charge) (predicative) to be responsible for something
    ser responsable de algo
    they're all responsible for cleaning their own rooms
    cada uno es responsable del aseo de su habitación
    each nurse is responsible for five patients
    cada enfermera tiene cinco pacientes a su cargo
    he will be responsible for maintenance
    se hará cargo del mantenimiento
    Example sentences
    • The engineers responsible for control systems care about around-the-clock reliability.
    • Acute care nurse practitioners are responsible for routine management of patients in the step-down units.
    • The general practitioner provided the nurse specialist with a workplace in the practice and was ultimately responsible for patients' care.
  • 3 (trustworthy)
    that's not a very responsible thing to do
    hacer eso demuestra falta de responsabilidad
    Example sentences
    • He also agreed that the head nurse in obstetrics was a highly capable, responsible, and conscientious nurse.
    • Fireworks should be completely avoided, although if people did insist on using them, it should only be by a reliable and responsible adult.
    • Even if the ice is considered safe, a responsible adult should always supervise children playing on or near ice.
  • 4 (important) (before noun)
    de responsabilidad
    Example sentences
    • But more surprising is the number of independent people wanting to take on such a responsible position.
    • He was a highly respected attorney who held a number of responsible positions in city and county governments.
    • But what about the poor driver, with no better accommodation, despite his responsible job?
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