- to rely; place trust (usually followed by on or upon): You may depend on the accuracy of the report.
- to rely for support, maintenance, help, etc. (usually followed by on or upon): Children depend on their parents.
- to be conditioned or contingent (usually followed by on or upon): His success here depends upon effort and ability.
- to be undetermined or pending: I may go to Europe or I may not, it all depends.
- 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.
- to hang down; be suspended (usually followed by from): The chandelier depends from the ceiling of the ballroom.
Origin of depend
Examples from the Web for depending
Using standard methods, the cost of printing DNA could run upwards of a billion dollars or more, depending on the strand.Design Your Own Dinosaur: The Era of Custom DNA
January 8, 2015
But this war jumps from city to city, depending the threat of the day.Pentagon Doesn’t Know How Many People It’s Killed in the ISIS War
Nancy A. Youssef
January 7, 2015
And the more she is forced to recount, the more her grasp of reality slips, or heightens, depending on your point of view.A Novel Nearly Impossible to Review
December 28, 2014
People come to The Ball with many different goals in mind, depending on what they are looking for that evening.The Craziest Date Night for Single Jews, Where Mistletoe Is Ditched for Shots
December 26, 2014
Then, depending on how urgent I think it is to get it, sometimes I have to go back home and drop it off.#Setinthestreet: Your Street Corner Is Their Art Project
December 24, 2014
The party were coming on to-day, and were depending on us to find water.Explorations in Australia
"I'm depending upon you for the bread," he said to the drowsy man in the hammock.In the Midst of Alarms
"That's just what comes of depending on women," growled Dr. Macgowan.Hetty's Strange History
Instead of depending on stirrups, you are part of the horse.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
You were always a weak dreamer, depending on others for your strength.Murder Point
- (foll by on or upon) to put trust (in); rely (on); be sure (of)
- (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
- (foll by on or upon) to rely (on) for income, support, etc
- (foll by from) rare to hang down; be suspended
- to be undecided or pending
Word Origin and History for depending
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.