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Definition of Depend


  1. To hang down; to be sustained by being fastened or attached to something above.
  2. To hang in suspense; to be pending; to be undetermined or undecided; as, a cause depending in court.
  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.
  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.
  5. To serve; to attend; to act as a dependent or retainer.
  6. To impend.

Depend Quotations

You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.
Mark Twain

Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others.

Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.
Thomas Jefferson

The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.

The whole course of human history may depend on a change of heart in one solitary and even humble individual - for it is in the solitary mind and soul of the individual that the battle between good and evil is waged and ultimately won or lost.
M. Scott Peck
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Depend Translations

depend in Dutch is afhankelijk zijn, afhangen
depend in Latin is pendeo
depend in Portuguese is dependa
depend in Spanish is depender
depend in Swedish is bero
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