“I take full responsibility.”

English Lesson: I take full responsibility.

You're the manager of a small team of programmers. The latest version of your software had a bug which made it insecure. You had to tell the company's CEO about the mistake. After describing the problem, you apologize and say this.

I take full responsibility.

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take responsibility for (something)

The phrase "take responsibility" means to accept the negative consequences of a mistake. In other words, if there's a problem, you either fix it yourself or

"Take responsibility" is used in the following ways:

  • take responsibility for (oneself)
    You've got to start to take responsibility for yourself!
  • take responsibility for (one's actions)
    You need to learn to take responsibility for your own mistakes.
  • take responsibility for (doing something wrong)
    I think that, if anyone, Amy should be the one to take responsibility for losing the account.
  • take full responsibility
    Please forgive me. I take full responsibility.

I take full responsibility.

This is a formal phrase that you can use to apologize for a mistake or a failure. It means that only you should be blamed, not anyone else.

You might use this phrase if you made a bad decision or messed something up. Or you might say "I take full responsibility" if you're in charge of a team, and you want to protect the people who actually caused the failure.