Definition of depend
1 : to be determined, based, or contingent (see 1contingent 4) life depends on food the value of Y depends on X
2 : to be pending or undecided matters of greatest moment were depending — John Milton
3a : to place reliance or trust you can depend on meb : to be dependent especially for financial support Her family depends on her paycheck. still depends on his parents
4 : to hang down a star was depending from his neck — Arnold Bennett
Examples of depend in a sentence
whether or not we play baseball will depend on how much rain we get
I know I can always depend on you for help when I really need it.
Origin and Etymology 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
DEPEND Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of depend for English Language Learners
—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
DEPEND Defined for Kids
Definition of depend for Students
: to be subject to determination by the situation Are you going to the party? I don't know. It depends.
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.
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