: to be subject to determination by the situation <Are you going to the party? I don't know. It depends.>
— depend on
: to rely for support <Children depend on their parents.>
: to be determined by or based on a person, action, or condition <The people had been very proud … that victory or defeat depended on them. — Theodore Taylor, The Cay>
:1trust 2, rely<You can depend on me to get the job done.>
Word Root of DEPEND
The Latin word pendere, meaning “to cause to hang down,” gives us the root pend. Words from the Latin pendere have something to do with hanging. To suspend is to cause something to hang down from a single point. To depend is to hang, or rely, on the support of others. A pendant is an ornament that hangs free, as on a necklace. A pendulum is an object hung from a point that swings freely back and forth, as in a clock.