verb (used without object)
- to rely; place trust (usually followed by on or upon): You may depend on the accuracy of the report.
- to rely for support, maintenance, help, etc. (usually followed by on or upon): Children depend on their parents.
- to be conditioned or contingent (usually followed by on or upon): His success here depends upon effort and ability.
- to be undetermined or pending: I may go to Europe or I may not, it all depends.
- Grammar. (of a word or other linguistic form) to be subordinate to another linguistic form in the same construction; to form a part of a construction other than the head.
- to hang down; be suspended (usually followed by from): The chandelier depends from the ceiling of the ballroom.
- (foll by on or upon) to put trust (in); rely (on); be sure (of)
- (usually foll by on or upon; often with it as subject) to be influenced or determined (by); be resultant (from)whether you come or not depends on what father says; it all depends on you
- (foll by on or upon) to rely (on) for income, support, etc
- (foll by from) rare to hang down; be suspended
- to be undecided or pending
early 15c., “to be attached to as a condition or cause,” a figurative use, from Middle French dependre, literally “to hang from, hang down,” from Latin dependere “to hang from, hang down; be dependent on, be derived,” from de- “from, down” (see de-) + pendere “to hang, be suspended” (see pendant). Related: Depended; depending.