Definition of dependence noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//dɪˈpendəns//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈpendəns//
    [uncountable] Addiction
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  1. 1dependence (on/upon somebody/something) the state of needing the help and support of somebody/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 Wordfinderabuse, addict, deal, dependence, detoxification, drug, hallucinate, overdose, rehab, withdrawal See related entries: Addiction
  3. 3dependence of A and B (specialist) the fact of one thing being affected by another the close dependence of soil and landforms
  4. Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘hanging down or something that hangs down’): from Old French dependance, from the verb dependre, from Latin dependere, from de- ‘down’ + pendere ‘hang’.Extra examples The government wants to reduce industry’s dependence on coal. Their relationship is based on a strong mutual dependence. a heavy dependence on imported materials dependence on alcohol her economic dependence on her husband his total dependence on his family
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: dependence