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depend

[dih-pend] /dɪˈpɛnd/
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.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English dependen < Old French dependre < Latin dēpendere to hang down, equivalent to dē- de- + pendere to hang
Related forms
interdepend, verb (used without object)
redepend, verb (used without object)
self-depending, adjective
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Examples from the web for depend
  • More important, software makers depend on the goodwill of outside developers, whom they rely on to keep updating their products.
  • But the meaning of his words may depend upon which of his words are quoted.
  • In my discipline this would depend on the form of publication journal.
  • Much will also depend on public policy, especially in the emerging-market giants.
  • Civilizations that depend on trade are especially marked by divisions of labor.
  • The traits of a living thing depend on the complex mixture of interacting components inside it.
  • The spring launcher in angry birds doesn't depend on the angle of the launch.
  • Normal values depend on the type of substance being identified.
  • Summer teaching will depend on funding and curricular need.
  • The value someone puts on something should not, therefore, depend on whether he actually owns it.
British Dictionary definitions for depend

depend

/dɪˈpɛnd/
verb (intransitive)
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
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 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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