Definition of Depend

1. Verb. Be contingent upon (something that is elided). "That depends"

Generic synonyms: Be
Specialized synonyms: Hang By A Hair, Hang By A Thread
Derivative terms: Dependant, Dependent



2. Verb. Have faith or confidence in. "Depend on your family in times of crisis"
Exact synonyms: Bet, Calculate, Count, Look, Reckon
Generic synonyms: Bank, Rely, Swear, Trust
Derivative terms: Dependency

Definition of Depend

1. v. i. To hang down; to be sustained by being fastened or attached to something above.

Definition of Depend

1. Verb. (context: now literary) To hang down; to be sustained by being fastened or attached to something above. ¹

2. Verb. To hang in suspense; to be pending; to be undetermined or undecided; as, a cause depending in court. ¹

3. Verb. To rely on for support; to be conditioned or contingent; to be connected with anything, as a cause of existence, or as a necessary condition; — followed by on or upon, formerly by of. ¹

4. Verb. To trust; to rest with confidence; to rely; to confide; to be certain; — with on or upon; as, we depend on the word or assurance of our friends; we depend on the mail at the usual hour. ¹

5. Verb. To serve; to attend; to act as a dependent or retainer. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Depend

1. to rely [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: rely

Lexicographical Neighbors of Depend

depauperizes
depauperizing
depave
depaved
depaves
depaving
depeach
depeached
depeche
depeches
depectible
depeculation
depeculations
depeinct
depeincts
depend (current term)
depend on
depend upon
dependabilities
dependability
dependable
dependableness
dependables
dependably
dependance
dependances
dependant
dependant on(p)
dependants
depended

Literary usage of Depend

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism by James Clerk Maxwell (1881)
"Let x be any one of the geometrical variables on which the form and relative position of the circuits depend, the electromagnetic force tending to increase ..."

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