- 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 depend
All of these far future speculations, of course, depend on a series of “ifs.”Men Will Someday Have Kids Without Women
January 3, 2015
Experts agree that much will depend on the measures undertaken both by the United States and Cuba.Cuba Is A Kleptocracy, Not Communist
December 19, 2014
After all, smaller developing nations like Cameroon often depend on trade with and aid from the West.The Straight Hero of Cameroon’s Gays
December 10, 2014
Attacks are underreported and surveys often depend on what questions were asked and who responded.Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows: Dec. 7
December 7, 2014
Two-thirds of the 22 million people in West Africa depend on farming to live.Liberia’s Ebola Famine
Abby Haglage, Nina Strochlic
November 13, 2014
I tell you, it's a mighty good thing we got your brains to depend on.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Yes, Chatterton does; for you may depend on it, by this time he's found out who she is.
We hope he may depend upon that: we encourage him to think he may.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Your crossing the Santee must depend upon your own discretion.A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion
William Dobein James
I always keep my own; it is cheaper than to depend on the street boys.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
- (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 depend
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.