• WordNet 3.6
    • v depend 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 depend be contingent upon (something that is elided) "That depends"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Depending on the size, it can take an oyster anywhere from few months to many years to form a pearl
    • Depend To hang down; to be sustained by being fastened or attached to something above. "And ever-living lamps depend in rows."
    • Depend 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."
    • Depend To impend.
    • Depend 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.""The conclusion . . . that our happiness depends little on political institutions, and much on the temper and regulation of our own minds.""Heaven forming each on other to depend ."
    • Depend To serve; to attend; to act as a dependent or retainer.
    • Depend 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Amazon ants (red ants found in the western U.S.) steal the larvae of other ants to keep as slaves. The slave ants build homes for and feed the Amazon ants, who cannot do anything but fight. They depend completely on their slaves for survival.
    • depend To hang; be sustained by being fastened or attached to something above: used absolutely or followed by from.
    • depend To be a conditional effect or result; be contingent or conditioned. The verb is followed by on or upon governing a designation of a condition or cause without which the effect or result, the subject of the verb, cannot exist or will not be produced: as, the price asked for a commodity depends upon the amount on hand or the amount that can profitably be supplied at that price, and also depends upon the supposed amount that can be sold at that price.
    • depend To be in suspense; be undetermined: only in the present participle: as, the suit is still depending in court. See pending.
    • depend To rely; rest in full confidence or belief: with on or upon: as, you may depend upon the accuracy of the report.
    • depend To rely for that which is necessary or desired; rest conditionally or in subordination; be dependent: with on or upon: as, children depend upon their parents; to depend upon a foreign market for supplies; we depend on the newspapers for intelligence.
    • depend To rest in suspense; wait expectantly.
    • depend To hang in suspense over; impend.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Elizabethan and Jacobean times, the age of a person when they marry was dependant on the person's class. Those with a high social status were permitted to marry at a younger age.
    • v.i Depend de-pend′ to hang down: to be sustained by or connected with anything: to be pending: to rely: to rest
    • n Depend a subordinate: a hanger-on—also Depend′ant
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  • Geoffrey F. Abert
    Geoffrey F. Abert
    “Prosperity depends more on wanting what you have than having what you want.”
  • Plato
    “Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depends on simplicity.”
  • Parks Cousins
    Parks Cousins
    “How things look on the outside of us depends on how things are on the inside of us.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “Depend upon it that if a man talks of his misfortunes there is something in them that is not disagreeable to him.”
  • Lone Man
    Lone Man
    “I have seen that in any great undertaking it is not enough for a man to depend simply upon himself.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. dépendre, fr. L. dependre,; de-, + pendre, to hang. See Pendant


In literature:

The squad is the unit upon which all of the work of the company depends.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
But for the final testing, observe, you must make the issue of battle strictly dependent on fineness of frame, and firmness of hand.
"The Crown of Wild Olive" by John Ruskin
People of the great cities are dependent upon those in the country for all that they eat!
"Conservation Reader" by Harold W. Fairbanks
First I meet a little girl who says she depended on a cow for food: then I meet an old woman who says she depended on a sheep for clothes.
"Here and Now Story Book" by Lucy Sprague Mitchell
And even then the dependence does not cease, for they depend, too, upon the light and heat from the Sun.
"The Heart of Nature" by Francis Younghusband
The percentage of oxygen in soils depends on the rate of decay of the organic portions.
"Manures and the principles of manuring" by Charles Morton Aikman
There is a limit to the size of the refractor depending upon the material of the object-glass.
"The Story of the Heavens" by Robert Stawell Ball
Unless his life is in danger, never interrupt the thinking of an E. The whole course of man's destiny in the universe may depend on it.
"Eight Keys to Eden" by Mark Irvin Clifton
Capitalism depended on czars and kaisers as a blacksmith depends on his hammer.
"The American Empire" by Scott Nearing
The depth or thickness of the oxide zone depends on topography, depth of water table, climatic conditions, and speed of erosion.
"The Economic Aspect of Geology" by C. K. Leith

In poetry:

Oh! promise with a father's zeal,
My Ellen to protect!
Nor let her like an orphan feel
Dependence, and neglect!
"Edgar And Ellen" by Matilda Betham
There all the noble chivalrye
Of Brittaine took their end.
O see how fickle is their state
That doe on fates depend!
"The Legend of King Arthur" by Thomas Percy
But happy he whose hopes depend
Upon the Lord alone;
The soul that trusts in such a friend,
Can ne'er be overthrown.
"Trust Of The Wicked, And The Righteous Compared" by John Newton
I've felt a shock as quick as light,
That shock I never saw;
Then why should we depend on sight
And heavenly hopes forego?
"Extract From - Infidelity Its Own Punishment And Fidelity Its Own Happiness" by Joseph Hodgson
No barn or storehouse they possess
On which they can depend;
Yet have no cause to fear distress,
For Jesus is their friend.
"The Meal And Cruse Of Oil" by John Newton
Unto the name that most I dread,
I flee with joyful wings and speed.
My daily hope does most depend
On him I daily most offend.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine

In news:

The Constellation Senior Players Championship will offer free admission to Active Duty, retired and Reserve members of the military and their dependents, tournament officials.
Critics argue that such plans would only undermine America's natural charitable spirit and make the country more dependent upon the government.
The sculpture still could return to campus before commencement in May, but it depends on how the university decides to approach the project, he said.
Round-bale feeding losses can range from 3% to more than 40% depending on the feeding system or lack thereof.
Depending on how old the stamps are, there might have been a dozen or more owners before you.
A number of analysts argue that China's dependence on Iranian crude oil is inhibiting Beijing's willingness to implement UN sanctions against Tehran for its defiance on the nuclear issue.
Six feet can seem like a mile, depending upon the circumstances.
Social technologies both drive and depend on the other three Nexus forces.
Columns/Blogs Finishing Complexion depends on what you cook up .
H ospitals contain some of the most diverse and demanding environments and thus require dependable HVAC system performance.
The solution depends upon at what stage the decay is first detected and the length of time the decay went untreated.
BRUSSELS – Which side of this week's debate on the European Union budget a country takes can depend largely on which side its bread is buttered.
It depends on who is talking, but clearly the decision by former Nebraska Republican Sen Chuck Hagel to endorse Bob Kerrey is a coup for the Democrat.
As in the game, whether a Republican or Democrat wins depends on timing: In 2008, Democrats, buoyed by the presidential campaign of Barack Obama, won in four swing districts and came close in another.
The series promotes awareness, conservation, preservation and protection of the ocean and the animals that depend on that environment.

In science:

The proof of theorem 1 and 2 did not depend on the star structure of L(λ, e) so we can have any dependence on ⋆; in particular we can consider parity violating terms which do not contain any star (or an even number of them).
On the triviality of certain non-Riemannian models of gravitation
Xiσ Note, that Hamiltonian (5) contains not only the site dependent parameters εi but due to correlations there appear also λ(2) iσ which are the additional source of, diagonal and spin dependent, disorder.
Interplay of Disorder and Correlations
They then investigated the dependence of Cµ and E on ∆ and found that these dependencies vary with J .
Response to Comments on "Simple Measure for Complexity"
Random Dimer phases—a plot of the expected k dependence is shown in Fig. 4. A very similar dependence is also predicted in the IAF Griffiths phase close to the transition to the RS state.
Dynamics and transport in random quantum systems governed by strong-randomness fixed points
This result smoothly interpolates between the logarithmic frequency dependence seen earlier for ω ≫ T and the limiting form σ ′ (ω ) ∼ ω ln(Ω0 /ω )/T valid for ω ≪ T —a plot of this frequency dependence is shown in Fig. 7.
Dynamics and transport in random quantum systems governed by strong-randomness fixed points