it depends

idiom
variants: or that depends

Definition of it depends

informal
used in speech to say that the answer to a question will be different in different situations "Do you think you'll go back to college?" "It all depends. I will if I can afford it.""Which team do you think will win?" "That depends. If all of our players are healthy, I think we'll win." sometimes shortened to depends "How long does it take to get to the airport?" "Depends. If you're going during rush hour it'll take at least an hour."

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