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Definition of "depend" []

  • To rely, especially for support or maintenance: Children must depend on their parents. (verb-intransitive)
  • To place trust or confidence: You can depend on his honesty. See Synonyms at rely. (verb-intransitive)
  • To be determined, conditioned, or contingent: a grade depending on the results of the final exam. (verb-intransitive)
  • To have a dependence: began to depend more and more on drugs. (verb-intransitive)
  • To be pending or undecided, as in a court or legislature. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "depend" in a sentence
  • "For there are various ways in which one being may be said to depend upon one or more other beings, in a sense of ˜depend™ that is distinctly metaphysical in character and that may be contrasted, thus, with various causal senses of this word."
  • "Currently tied at the top with Penn, the Crimson's hopes for a title depend on a victory this weekend."
  • "↑ The existence of words like appendix and pending in English does not mean that the English word depend is analyzed into a derivational prefix de - and a root pend."