interdependent

adjective
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

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The planet of love, Venus, also enters Aries on Saturday, April 20, encouraging you to strengthen your connection with others through interdependent intimacy, grounded in your idealistic vision for the future. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What April’s Virgo Horoscope Means for You," 31 Mar. 2019 In less interdependent species, testosterone is clearly linked to the kind of aggressive behavior that could assure a male mating rights, said Von Ruedon, who also has studied the Tsimané. Melissa Healy, latimes.com, "An extra dose of testosterone increases men's preference for high-status luxury goods, study says," 4 July 2018 Granted, the world is an increasingly interdependent place. Ling Chen, Washington Post, "How this trade war could backfire — in China’s favor," 25 June 2018 Pirates played a sordid, interdependent role in the development of the English colonies of North America. Rinker Buck, WSJ, "‘Black Flags, Blue Waters’ Review: To Live and Die a Pirate King," 26 Sep. 2018 This interdependent relationship raised difficult questions for the Canadian government in light of Trump’s evident animosity and imperviousness to facts. New York Times, "First Canada Tried to Charm Trump. Now It’s Fighting Back.," 9 June 2018 This interdependent relationship raised difficult questions for the Canadian government in light of Trump’s evident animosity and imperviousness to facts. New York Times, "First Canada Tried to Charm Trump. Now It’s Fighting Back.," 9 June 2018 Each stage is highly interdependent on the other and requires close physical coordination. Jason Pontin, WIRED, "3D Printing Is the Future of Factories (for Real This Time)," 11 July 2018 Exhibit explores ways in which artists frame human and plant interdependent relationships. Luann Gibbs, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati events: Fun and free events this weekend," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of interdependent

1838, in the meaning defined above

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interdependent

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of interdependent

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

interdependent

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

Kids Definition of interdependent

: depending on one another

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