part of speech: verb

inflections: depends, depending, depended

definition 1: to trust or rely (usually followed by “on” or “upon”).

  • We know we can depend on this plumber to do the work well.

synonyms: count on, rely, trust in

definition 2: to strongly need and receive help from an outside source in order to live or have success in something.

  • Children depend on adults for food and shelter.
  • Farmers depend on the spring rains in order to have enough water for their crops.

synonyms: rely

definition 3: to be decided by or subject to (usually followed by “on”).

  • Whether I can go to the park depends on how quickly I can finish my work.

synonyms: hinge

Word Builder: depend +

dependable: able to be depended on