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Meaning of DEPEND

Pronunciation:  di'pend

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  have faith or confidence in; "you can count on me to help you any time"; "Look to your friends for support"; "You can bet on that!"; "Depend on your family in times of crisis"
  2. [v]  be contingent upon (something that is ellided); "That depends"

DEPEND is a 6 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: bet, calculate, count, look, reckon
 See Also: bank, be, rely, swear, trust



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\De*pend"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Depended}; p. pr. & vb.
n. {Depending}.] [F. d['e]pendre, fr. L. depend?re; de- +
pend?re to hang. See {Pendant}.]
1. To hang down; to be sustained by being fastened or
   attached to something above.

         And ever-living lamps depend in rows. --Pope.

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

         You will not think it unnatural that those who have
         an object depending, which strongly engages their
         hopes and fears, should be somewhat inclined to
         superstition.                         --Burke.

3. 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 on or upon, formerly
   by of.

         The truth of God's word dependeth not of the truth
         of the congregation.                  --Tyndale.

         The conclusion . . . that our happiness depends
         little on political institutions, and much on the
         temper and regulation of our own minds. --Macaulay.

         Heaven forming each on other to depend. --Pope.

4. 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.

         But if you 're rough, and use him like a dog, Depend
         upon it -- he 'll remain incog.       --Addison.

5. To serve; to attend; to act as a dependent or retainer.
   [Obs.] --Shak.

6. To impend. [Obs.] --Shak.

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