Depend definition

dĭ-pĕnd
To place trust or confidence.

You can depend on his honesty.

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To rely, especially for support or maintenance.

Children must depend on their parents.

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To have a dependence.

Began to depend more and more on drugs.

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To be determined, influenced, or contingent.

A grade depending on the results of the final exam.

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To be influenced or determined by something else; be contingent (on)
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To depend is defined as to be influenced by or to rely on.

When you decide what to wear based on the weather, this is an example of a situation where your clothing depends on the weather.

When you rely on your mother to pick you up from school, this is an example of a situation where you depend on your mother for a ride.

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To rely (on) for support or aid.
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To be determined by, be influenced by, or be contingent on.

“What happened?” “It depends who you ask.”

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To have trust; rely (on)
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(rare) To hang down.
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(law) To be undecided or pending.
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(now literary) To hang down; to be sustained by being fastened or attached to something above.
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To hang in suspense; to be pending; to be undetermined or undecided; as, a cause depending in court.
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​To trust; to rest with confidence; to rely; to confide; to be certain; — with on or upon; as, we depend on the word or assurance of our friends; we depend on the mail at the usual hour.
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To serve; to attend; to act as a dependent or retainer.
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(archaic) To hang down.
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To rely on for support; to be conditioned or contingent; to be connected with anything, as a cause of existence, or as a necessary condition; — followed by on or upon, formerly by of.
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Origin of depend

  • Middle English dependen to hang down from Old French dependre from Latin dēpendēre dē- de- pendēre to hang (s)pen- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French dependre, from de- + pendre (“to hang”).

    From Wiktionary