someone's life depends on (something)

Definition of someone's life depends on (something)

  1. —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

  1. :  some person :  somebody

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

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

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

  1. :  of or relating to animate being

    :  lifelong

    :  using a living model

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  1. :  to be determined, based, or contingent (see 1contingent 4)

    :  to be pending or undecided

    :  to place reliance or trust

  1. :  some indeterminate or unspecified thing

    :  a person or thing of consequence

    :  one having more or less the character, qualities, or nature of something different

  1. :  in some degree :  somewhat

    : used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

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