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dependent clause

 
pronunciation:
dih pen dihnt klawz
part of speech: noun
definition: a clause that is syntactically not a complete sentence and is used typically as an attachment to an independent clause. A dependent clause adds additional meaning to the independent clause and functions as a noun, adjective, or adverb.
The dependent clause "when he arrived" functions as an adverb in the sentence "He seemed tired when he arrived."The dependent clause "what she was wearing" functions as a noun in the sentence "I didn't notice what she was wearing."The dependent clause "who lives in Chicago" functions as an adjective in the sentence "I have an aunt who lives in Chicago."