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

Other Words from interdependent

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 Oyamada’s ecological interpretation of labor—an interdependent web of strangers, siblings, animals, and nature—feels especially suited to a future that will be precarious for workers as well as the environment. Stephen Kearse, The Atlantic, 15 Apr. 2022 The financial ecosystem is sophisticated, comprising many different, interdependent players who cannot change the system alone. Hiro Mizuno, Time, 15 Apr. 2022 Over time, the hive of Stuyvesant Street businesses came to function as a world unto itself, all within a few yards of one another and all of them interdependent. New York Times, 8 Apr. 2022 Looking over the planetary wreckage of World War II from its new perch as the leading superpower, the U.S. promised to build a new world—an interdependent, liberal international order. Dexter Fergie, The New Republic, 24 Mar. 2022 Ford plans a major restructuring with two distinct but strategically interdependent auto businesses – Ford Blue focusing on traditional combustion engines and Ford Model e, which will develop electric vehicles. Michelle Chapman,, 2 Mar. 2022 D Tour will essentially function as an interdependent booking collective. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 1 Mar. 2022 Covid containment policies obviously involve a trade-off between economic outcomes and public health outcomes, and of course these are mutually interdependent. George Calhoun, Forbes, 6 Jan. 2022 Talks would be required because the space station is designed to be interdependent. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, 10 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of interdependent

1838, in the meaning defined above

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“Interdependent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of interdependent

: depending on one another

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