in·​ter·​de·​pen·​dent | \ ˌin-tər-di-ˈpen-dənt How to pronounce interdependent (audio) \

Definition of interdependent

: dependent upon one another : mutually dependent interdependent statistical variables … the interdependent gyrations of double suns …— James Joyce … the interrelationships between social groupings were reciprocal and interdependent.— Howard P. Chudacoff In an interdependent world, every nation is dependent upon every other.— Michael Novak

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interdependently \ ˌin-​tər-​di-​ˈpen-​dənt-​lē How to pronounce interdependently (audio) \ adverb
Atlantis is to have its own economic activities, but the city is to function interdependently with other centers in the greater Cape Town region. — John Western

Examples of interdependent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bezos wanted to execute several strategies simultaneously, but the company’s various interdependent divisions were wasting too much time coordinating with one another. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Amazon Is a Logistical Disaster," 11 Sep. 2019 The two were interdependent and mutually reinforcing: Who else but a peer could tell the elite how to act, what to like, and what to buy? Kyle Chayka, The New Republic, "The Transformation of Condé Nast," 21 Oct. 2019 To be sure, the ACA’s various reforms are interdependent and were designed to work together as features of the individual exchange markets. Los Angeles Times, "Trump win on short-term health plans advances his effort to undo Obamacare," 19 July 2019 When qubits interact, their possible states become interdependent, each one’s chances of |0⟩ and |1⟩ hinging on those of the other. Wired, "Space and Time Could Be a Quantum Error-Correcting Code," 6 Jan. 2019 Each of these highly interdependent metropolitan regions was composed of any number of school districts, cities, towns, and counties. Michelle Adams, The New Republic, "The Integration Success Stories," 23 Aug. 2019 The aesthetic and the sustainability story are intertwined and interdependent. Shannon Fitzgerald, Fortune, "How Sustainable Startup Rothy’s Found Success Turning Recycled Water Bottles into Fashionable Footwear," 15 Sep. 2019 Important to the architects was making the buildings independent yet interdependent. Robin Pogrebin, New York Times, "A Newer New Museum Is Coming, With Twice as Much Space," 26 June 2019 When qubits interact, their possible states become interdependent, each one’s chances of |0⟩ and |1⟩ hinging on those of the other. Wired, "Space and Time Could Be a Quantum Error-Correcting Code," 6 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of interdependent

1838, in the meaning defined above

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“Interdependent.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of interdependent

: related in such a way that each needs or depends on the other : mutually dependent


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Kids Definition of interdependent

: depending on one another

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