1 having the job/duty of doing sth
VERBS be | become | remain | make sb I am making you responsible for the cooking.
ADV. entirely, totally, wholly | chiefly, largely, mainly, primarily | individually | collectively, jointly All members of the Cabinet are collectively responsible for decisions taken. | formally, legally | nominally The company could not indicate a person even nominally responsible for staff training. | ultimately The board is ultimately responsible for policy decisions. | financially
PREP. for They're responsible for cleaning the engine.
2 being the cause of sth/to blame for sth
VERBS be, feel | become | consider sb, deem sb, find sb, hold sb, regard sb as, see sb as, think sb They held him responsible for the failure of the policy.
ADV. entirely, fully, wholly | partially, partly | directly | indirectly | personally | single-handedly, solely He was almost single-handedly responsible for the flourishing drug trade in the town. | ultimately | somehow Did he think her somehow responsible for Eddie's death? | morally
PREP. for Who was responsible for the mistake?
3 having to report to sb/sth
ADV. directly | ultimately a complex web of party bodies ultimately responsible to the Central Committee
PREP. to The prime minister is directly responsible to Parliament.
4 showing/needing good sense and reliability
VERBS be, seem | become
ADV. extremely, highly, very | fairly, quite | ecologically, environmentally The organization needs to become more environmentally responsible. | morally, politically, socially allocating resources in a morally responsible way