someone's life depends on (something)

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of someone's life depends on (something)

used to say that something is very important or essential
  • His life depends on how he answers this question.
  • He was studying as if his life depended on it.
often used in negative statements
  • I wouldn't eat that food if my life depended on it.

Word by Word Definitions

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

life play
  1. : the quality that distinguishes a vital and functional being from a dead body

  2. : a principle or force that is considered to underlie the distinctive quality of animate beings

  3. : an organismic state characterized by capacity for metabolism (see metabolism 1), growth, reaction to stimuli, and reproduction

  1. : of or relating to animate being

  2. : lifelong

  3. : using a living model

depend play depends
  1. : to be determined, based, or contingent (see 1contingent 1)

  2. : to be pending or undecided

  3. : to place reliance or trust

something play
  1. : some indeterminate or unspecified thing

  2. : some indeterminate amount more than a specified number

  3. : a person or thing of consequence

  1. : in some degree : somewhat

  2. used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective


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