You can depend on his honesty.
Children must depend on their parents.
Began to depend more and more on drugs.
A grade depending on the results of the final exam.
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.
“What happened?” “It depends who you ask.”
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”).