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phrasal verb

depend on

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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theydepend on
he/she/itdepends on
present participledepending on
past tensedepended on
past participledepended on

or depend upon something formal

  1. 1
    [never progressive]depend on something if one thing depends on another, it is changed or affected by the other thing

    Their future depends on how well they do in school.

    depend entirely/solely on something:

    How much money you get depends entirely on your individual circumstances.

    depend largely (=mainly) on something:

    What the products will look like will depend largely on what customers want.

  2. 2
    depend on someone/something to need someone or something in order to survive or be successful

    The project’s success depends on the support of everyone concerned.

    depend on someone for something:

    The young birds depend on their parents for food for several weeks.

    depend on someone to do something:

    The horses all depend on Mr. Jackson to take care of them.

  3. 3
    depend on someone if you can depend on someone to do something, you are sure that they will do it

    I wasn’t worried, I knew I could depend on you.

  4. 4
    as if your life depends on it with as much effort as possible

    She began to sing as if her life depended on it.

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