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.