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depend

[dih-pend]
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verb (used without object)
  1. to rely; place trust (usually followed by on or upon): You may depend on the accuracy of the report.
  2. to rely for support, maintenance, help, etc. (usually followed by on or upon): Children depend on their parents.
  3. to be conditioned or contingent (usually followed by on or upon): His success here depends upon effort and ability.
  4. to be undetermined or pending: I may go to Europe or I may not, it all depends.
  5. Grammar. (of a word or other linguistic form) to be subordinate to another linguistic form in the same construction; to form a part of a construction other than the head.
  6. to hang down; be suspended (usually followed by from): The chandelier depends from the ceiling of the ballroom.
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Origin of depend

1375–1425; late Middle English dependen < Old French dependre < Latin dēpendere to hang down, equivalent to dē- de- + pendere to hang
Related formsin·ter·de·pend, verb (used without object)re·de·pend, verb (used without object)self-de·pend·ing, adjective
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  • The stability of the Whig administration, then in power, depended upon the results.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • I never yet saw one that could be depended upon to stand by.

  • In her heart she knew that on the first depended the second.

    K

    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • What the moral ends were depended upon the growth of the moral ideal.

  • These enchantresses, you must know, are never to be depended upon.

    Tanglewood Tales

    Nathaniel Hawthorne


British Dictionary definitions for depended

depend

verb (intr)
  1. (foll by on or upon) to put trust (in); rely (on); be sure (of)
  2. (usually foll by on or upon; often with it as subject) to be influenced or determined (by); be resultant (from)whether you come or not depends on what father says; it all depends on you
  3. (foll by on or upon) to rely (on) for income, support, etc
  4. (foll by from) rare to hang down; be suspended
  5. to be undecided or pending
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Word Origin

C15: from Old French dependre, from Latin dēpendēre to hang from, from de- + pendēre to hang
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Word Origin and History for depended

depend

v.

early 15c., "to be attached to as a condition or cause," a figurative use, from Middle French dependre, literally "to hang from, hang down," from Latin dependere "to hang from, hang down; be dependent on, be derived," from de- "from, down" (see de-) + pendere "to hang, be suspended" (see pendant). Related: Depended; depending.

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