Definition of depend verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

depend

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verb
BrE BrE//dɪˈpend//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈpend//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they depend
BrE BrE//dɪˈpend//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈpend//
 
he / she / it depends
BrE BrE//dɪˈpendz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈpendz//
 
past simple depended
BrE BrE//dɪˈpendɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈpendɪd//
 
past participle depended
BrE BrE//dɪˈpendɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈpendɪd//
 
-ing form depending
BrE BrE//dɪˈpendɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈpendɪŋ//
 
 
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Word Origin late Middle English originally meaning ‘to hang down’; also in the sense ‘wait or be in suspense’): from Old French dependre, from Latin dependere, from de- ‘down’ + pendere ‘hang’.Extra examples The future of the company will depend crucially on how consumers respond. The outcome seems to depend on the type of soil used. Whether or not we can go ultimately depends on the weather.Idioms
depending on
 
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 according to Starting salary varies from £26 000 to £30 500, depending on experience. He either resigned or was sacked, depending on who you talk to.
that depends, it (all) depends
 
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 used to say that you are not certain about something because other things have to be considered ‘Is he coming?’ ‘That depends. He may not have the time.’ I don't know if we can help—it all depends. I might not go. It depends how tired I am. ‘Your job sounds fun.’ ‘It depends what you mean by ‘fun’.’ I shouldn't be too late. But it depends if the traffic's bad.
Phrasal Verbsdepend on somebodydepend on somebodydepend on something
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