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depend

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verb de·pend \di-ˈpend\

Simple Definition of depend

  • —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

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to be determined, based, or contingent <life depends on food> <the value of Y depends on X>

  3. 2 :  to be pending or undecided

  4. 3 a :  to place reliance or trust <you can depend on me> b :  to be dependent especially for financial support

  5. 4 :  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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