Share this entry

responsibility
American English: /rəˌspɑnsəˈbɪlədi/
British English: /rɪˌspɒnsɪˈbɪlɪti/

Translation of responsibility in Spanish:

noun plural -ties

  • 1.1 countable (task, duty) that's her responsibility
    eso es responsabilidad suya
    the child is my responsibility
    el niño está bajo mi responsabilidad
    it's his responsibility to order the stationery
    él es el encargado de hacer los pedidos de papelería
    we have a responsibility toward our readers to …
    tenemos la responsabilidad or somos responsables ante nuestros lectores de …
    they're taking on a great responsibility
    están asumiendo una gran responsabilidad
    you have to face up to your responsibilities
    Example sentences
    • They have the responsibility to behave reasonably in the face of possible threats.
    • Individuals had a moral responsibility to secure just rights for themselves and others.
    • I think they have a moral responsibility to people.
    Example sentences
    • Actors need to adopt a wider set of roles and responsibilities, underpinned by regulation.
    • Further official roles and responsibilities are being drawn up by the board.
    • The table gives the main roles and responsibilities for research governance.
    1.2 uncountable (authority, accountability) the responsibility attached to the post
    la responsabilidad que conlleva el puesto
    I'm willing to take on more responsibility
    estoy dispuesto a asumir más responsabilidades
    to take responsibility for something
    responsabilizarse or encargarse or hacerse cargo de algo
    Example sentences
    • The President is constitutionally unable to accept blame or responsibility for anything which happens under his watch.
    • But a minister should also be prepared to accept blame and responsibility for the mistakes and bungles made.
    • And by setting up a demand that is impossible to fulfil, it replaces responsibility and accountability with blame.
    Example sentences
    • Install a corporate ethics officer with real authority and independent reporting responsibility to the board.
    • They were given both decision making power and responsibility.
    • Such mutual independence supported by collective responsibility through state institutions seems like a good thing to me.
    1.3 uncountable (liability, blame) he denied all responsibility in the matter
    negó toda responsabilidad en el asunto
    the responsibility was laid at his door
    lo hicieron responsable
    lo culparon a él
    they took full responsibility for the disaster
    aceptaron ser responsables del desastre
    no terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the killings
    los asesinatos no han sido reivindicados por ningún grupo terrorista
    Example sentences
    • So therefore, we have to take responsibility for controlling those powers we develop.
    • The entire community has to take responsibility for preventing and dealing with victimization.
    • The NEP is designed to encourage local communities to take responsibility for managing their own estuaries.
    1.4 uncountable (trustworthiness) she has a sense of responsibility
    tiene sentido de la responsabilidad
    es formal

Definition of responsibility in:

Share this entry

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

QUIZ


    Next Score:
    Word of the day whippersnapper
    Pronunciation: ˈ(h)wipərˌsnapər
    noun
    a young, inexperienced person considered presumptuous or overconfident...
    Cultural fact of the day

    ESO (Educación Secundaria Obligatoria) is one of the stages of secondary education established in Spain by the LOE - Ley Orgánica de Educación (2006). It begins at twelve years of age and ends at sixteen, the age at which compulsory education ends. The old division between a technical and an academic education is not as marked in ESO, as all secondary pupils receive basic professional training.