depend on


verb (used without object)
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.

1375–1425; late Middle English dependen < Old French dependre < Latin dēpendere to hang down, equivalent to dē- de- + pendere to hang

interdepend, verb (used without object)
redepend, verb (used without object)
self-depending, adjective Unabridged
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depend (dɪˈpɛnd)
vb (foll by on or upon) (usually foll by on or upon; often with it as subject) (foll by on or upon)
1.  to put trust (in); rely (on); be sure (of)
2.  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.  to rely (on) for income, support, etc
4.  rare (foll by from) to hang down; be suspended
5.  to be undecided or pending
[C15: from Old French dependre, from Latin dēpendēre to hang from, from de- + pendēre to hang]

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Word Origin & History

early 15c., "to be attached to as a condition or cause," a figurative use, from M.Fr. dependre, lit. "to hang from, hang down," from L. dependere, from de- "from, down" + pendere "to hang, be suspended" (see pendant).
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