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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 for depending
  • Each of these is organized in a different way, depending on the primary purpose of the author.
  • They are probably concerned with reflex movements of the eyes depending on auditory stimuli.
  • As in his other criticism, he was an enthusiast depending upon the turn taken by his personal impressions.
  • It was not an event depending on chance, or contingency.
  • One synesthete may feel phantom objects of different shapes depending on what food he is tasting.
  • The exposure time can be more than two hours, depending on the building's size.
  • They spend a few days foraging, depending on each other to protect against shark attacks.
  • Individual impressions can even differ markedly depending on the way in which the ink is applied.
  • No mimosas usually means a change in venue, depending on who's in.
  • Hikes can range from less than an hour to a few days, depending on your skill level.
British Dictionary definitions for depending

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 depending

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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