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de·pend

depend

 
 
pronunciation:
dih pend
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: depends, depending, depended
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.
synonyms:
count on, rely, trust in
similar words:
bank on, calculate, lean
definition 2: to require and accept from an outside source things that are necessary to live or function successfully.
After her return from the hospital, she depended on her family for all her meals and daily care.We depend on their cooperation; without it, our success is not insured.Farmers are depending on the spring rains to ensure a good harvest at the end of summer.
synonyms:
rely
similar words:
lean
definition 3: 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
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  • dependable:
    able to be depended on
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