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depend

de·pend

depend

 
pronunciation:
dih pend
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: depended, depending, depends
definition 1: to trust or rely (usu. fol. by on or upon).
I have no doubt that you can depend on her in any situation.During her recuperation, she depended on her family for all her meals and daily care.We depend on their cooperation; without it, our success is not insured.
synonyms:
bank on, count on, lean, rely, trust in
similar words:
calculate, reckon
definition 2: to be subject to or determined by (usu. fol. by on).
A play's financial success generally depends on what the critics say about it.Whether she stays in the East or goes out to California depends on where she is accepted to college.I was hoping for a clear-cut answer from him, but he would only say, "It depends."
synonyms:
hang, hinge
similar words:
ride, turn
Word Builder: depend +
  • dependable:
    able to be depended on
Word Parts
The word depend contains the following parts:
pend, pens Latin root that means hang; weigh; spend