depend
intransitive verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French dependre, modification of Latin dependēre, from de- + pendēre to hang — more at pendant Date: 15th century 1. to be determined, based, or contingent <
life depends on food
>
<
the value of Y depends on X
>
2. to be pending or undecided 3. a. to place reliance or trust <
you can depend on me
>
b. to be dependent especially for financial support 4. to hang down

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