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Definition of dependence noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1dependence (on/upon somebody/something) the state of needing the help and support of someone or something in order to survive or be successful his dependence on his parents Our relationship was based on mutual dependence. the dependence of Europe on imported foods financial/economic dependence opposite independence
  2. 2(also dependency) the state of being addicted to something (= unable to stop taking or using it) drug/alcohol dependence
  3. 3dependence of A and B (technology) the fact of one thing being affected by another the close dependence of soil and landforms
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: dependence