dependency

noun

de·​pen·​den·​cy di-ˈpen-dən(t)-sē How to pronounce dependency (audio)
plural dependencies
1
2
: something that is dependent on something else
especially : a territorial unit under the jurisdiction of a nation but not formally annexed by it
3
: a building (such as a stable) that is an adjunct to a main dwelling

Examples of dependency in a Sentence

the country's dependency on foreign oil a dependency on foreign oil
Recent Examples on the Web The flared soles increase your dependency on the cushioning to absorb shock. Laura Lancaster, Outdoor Life, 11 Apr. 2024 In the meantime, this flow of Russian resources boosts China’s energy and food security while decreasing its dependency on vulnerable maritime routes such as the Malaka Strait, which is patrolled by the U.S. Navy. Alexander Gabuev, Foreign Affairs, 9 Apr. 2024 That being said, Dimon identified three ways that the U.S. had overlooked its increasing dependency on China and thus handed it a level of control. Eleanor Pringle, Fortune, 8 Apr. 2024 The move is a major reversal by Musk, who made user payments for the blue checkmark a central tenet of his plan to build a subscription business on X and reduce the platform’s heavy dependency on advertiser dollars. Oliver Darcy, CNN, 5 Apr. 2024 Device makers face myriad obstacles, including traditional practice patterns and consumer behavior, existing economic relationships and dependencies, and, in some cases, regulatory barriers. Kyle H. Sheetz and Robert M. Wachter, STAT, 22 Mar. 2024 But is 20% an acceptable premium to pay for achieving the west’s strategic goals of reducing critical dependencies on China? Mary Hui, Quartz, 13 Feb. 2024 There were suggestions, alluded to by Dylan in other songs, that the manager had a tendency to keep his clients in a state of narcotic dependency as well as financial uncertainty. Andrew O’Hagan, The New Yorker, 1 Apr. 2024 And the attack spotlights a broader trend within health care: how vertical and horizontal integration, combined with the relentless push for digital transformation and cloud computing, have created a risky dependency on a handful of companies. Jonathan Slotkin and David Vawdrey, STAT, 14 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of dependency was in 1594

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“Dependency.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dependency. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

dependency

noun
de·​pend·​en·​cy
di-ˈpen-dən-sē
plural dependencies
1
2
: a territory under the authority of a nation but not formally a part of it

Medical Definition

dependency

noun
de·​pen·​den·​cy -dən-sē How to pronounce dependency (audio)
plural dependencies

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