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dependent clause

dependent clause

pronunciation:
dih pen dihnt klawz
part of speech: noun
definition: a clause that is syntactically not a complete sentence and is used only with an independent clause where it has the function of a noun, adjective, or adverb, such as "when he arrived" in "He seemed tired when he arrived"; subordinate clause; relative clause.