- IPA: /dɪˈpɛnd/
depend (depends, present participle depending; past and past participle depended)
- (intransitive, followed by on or upon, formerly also by of) To be contingent or conditioned; to have something as a necessary condition; to hinge on.
- We would like to go skiing, but it depends on the amount of snow.
(intransitive, followed by on or upon) To trust; to have confidence; to rely.
- we should all be able to depend on the word or assurance of our friends
- we depend on the mailman to come at the usual time.
- (now, literary) To hang down; to be sustained by being fastened or attached to something above.
- (archaic) To be pending; to be undetermined or undecided.
- a cause depending in court
- 1703, The History Of King William The Third. In III Parts:
- While the Bishops Affair was depending, the King sent orders [...]
- 1836, Reports of Cases Adjudged in the Court of King's Bench:
- In perjury, the capias, warrant, and affidavit, are good evidence that a cause was depending.
- 1837, The Acts and Monuments of John Foxe, page 544:
- "A Letter of the King sent to his Proctors at Rome, concerning a Case of his in the said Court depending."
- French: dépendre
- German: abhängen
- Italian: dipendere
- Portuguese: depender
- Russian: зави́сеть
- Spanish: depender
- Spanish: atender
- Italian: pendere
- Spanish: pender