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depend
WordNet 2.0
  • 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"
  • be contingent upon (something that is ellided)
  • "That depends"
depend
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 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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