Definitions for: Depend


[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"
[v] be contingent upon (something that is ellided); "That depends"



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

Synonyms: bet, calculate, count, look, reckon

See Also: bank, be, rely, swear, trust

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