American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To rely, especially for support or maintenance: Children must depend on their parents.
- v. To place trust or confidence: You can depend on his honesty. See Synonyms at rely.
- v. To be determined, conditioned, or contingent: a grade depending on the results of the final exam.
- v. To have a dependence: began to depend more and more on drugs.
- v. To be pending or undecided, as in a court or legislature.
- v. To hang down: "And ever-living Lamps depend in Rows” ( Alexander Pope).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To hang; be sustained by being fastened or attached to something above: used absolutely or followed by from.
- To be a conditional effect or result; be contingent or conditioned. The verb is followed by on or upon governing a designation of a condition or cause without which the effect or result, the subject of the verb, cannot exist or will not be produced: as, the price asked for a commodity depends upon the amount on hand or the amount that can profitably be supplied at that price, and also
depends uponthe supposed amount that can be sold at that price.
- To be in suspense; be undetermined: only in the present participle: as, the suit is still depending in court. See pending.
- To rely; rest in full confidence or belief: with on or upon: as, you may depend upon the accuracy of the report.
- To rely for that which is necessary or desired; rest conditionally or in subordination; be dependent: with on or upon: as, children depend upon their parents; to depend upon a foreign market for supplies; we depend on the newspapers for intelligence.
- To rest in suspense; wait expectantly.
- To hang in suspense over; impend.
- v. now literary To hang down; to be sustained by being fastened or attached to something above.
- v. To hang in suspense; to be pending; to be undetermined or undecided; as, a cause depending in court.
- v. 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.
- v. 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.
- v. To serve; to attend; to act as a dependent or retainer.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To hang down; to be sustained by being fastened or attached to something above.
- v. To hang in suspense; to be pending; to be undetermined or undecided.
- v. To rely for support; to be conditioned or contingent; to be connected with anything, as a cause of existence, or as a necessary condition; -- followed by
onor upon, formerly by of.
- v. To trust; to rest with confidence; to rely; to confide; to be certain; -- with
- v. obsolete To serve; to attend; to act as a dependent or retainer.
- v. obsolete To impend.
- v. have faith or confidence in
- v. be contingent upon (something that is elided)
- From Middle French dependre, from de- + pendre ("to hang"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English dependen, to hang down, from Old French dependre, from Latin dēpendēre : dē-, de- + pendēre, to hang; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Currently tied at the top with Penn, the Crimson's hopes for a title depend on a victory this weekend.”
“↑ The existence of words like appendix and pending in English does not mean that the English word depend is analyzed into a derivational prefix de - and a root pend.”
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