verb \di-ˈpend\

—used in speech in phrases like it depends and that depends to say that the answer to a question will be different in different situations

Full Definition of DEPEND

intransitive verb
:  to be determined, based, or contingent <life depends on food> <the value of Y depends on X>
:  to be pending or undecided
a :  to place reliance or trust <you can depend on me>
b :  to be dependent especially for financial support
:  to hang down

Examples of DEPEND

  1. <whether or not we play baseball will depend on how much rain we get>
  2. <I know I can always depend on you for help when I really need it.>

Origin of DEPEND

Middle English, from Anglo-French dependre, modification of Latin dependēre, from de- + pendēre to hang — more at pendant
First Known Use: 15th century

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