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 interdependent (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 And with the growing rift between Washington and Beijing, think of Norman Angell and the costs of confrontation between two nations that are so economically interdependent. Daniel Yergin, The Atlantic, "The Ghosts Who Haunt the South China Sea," 15 Dec. 2020 That in this interdependent, globalized world, our health and future are bound together across national boundaries? Star Tribune, "Readers Write: Which books to teach, student loans, marijuana legalization, Enbridge Line 3, COVID-19," 29 Dec. 2020 The three disciplines are interdependent but distinct. Quanta Magazine, "How Claude Shannon Invented the Future," 22 Dec. 2020 Through the trade war and open hostilities at the highest political levels, pig farmers in China and crop farmers in the U.S. have become increasingly interdependent., "What Trade War? Trump Heartland Sees Record Farm Sales to China," 8 Dec. 2020 We have been reminded of the role of policy in the immediate public interest, of interdependent governance, of scientific research and engineering applied to saving lives now and in the near future. David Beers, The New Republic, "Selling the American Space Dream," 7 Dec. 2020 Democratic conspiracy, meanwhile—which always had two interdependent causes: the expansion of suffrage, and the organization of workers—could be punished with exile to the penal colonies. Rana Dasgupta, Harper's Magazine, "The Silenced Majority," 24 Nov. 2020 Monetary policy and fiscal policy are now interdependent. Craig Torres,, "Central Banks Short on Ammo Forced to Rely on Governments," 12 Nov. 2020 Globalization has made countries interdependent, not just economically but also biologically. Maru Mormina, Quartz Africa, "What developing countries can teach rich countries about how to respond to a pandemic," 19 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of interdependent

1838, in the meaning defined above

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“Interdependent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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


in·​ter·​de·​pen·​dent | \ ˌin-tər-di-ˈpen-dənt \

Kids Definition of interdependent

: depending on one another

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