depend on

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Related to depend on: depend upon
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Verb1.depend on - be contingent on; "The outcomes rides on the results of the election"; "Your grade will depends on your homework"
build on, build upon, repose on, rest on - be based on; of theories and claims, for example; "What's this new evidence based on?"
2.depend on - put trust in with confidence; "she is someone you can really rely on when times get rough"; "you can rely on his discretion"
3.depend on - be dependent on, as for support or maintenance; "elderly parents often depend on their adult children"


To fasten or be fastened at one point with no support from below:
phrasal verb
depend on or upon
1. To place trust or confidence in:
bank on (or upon), believe in, count on (or upon), reckon on (or upon), rely on (or upon), trust (in).
2. To look forward to confidently:
Informal: figure on.
3. To be determined by or contingent on something unknown, uncertain, or changeable:
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Of course, for myself I had no objection to it, as I was not in the habit either of starting or stumbling, and had only been used to depend on my driver for guidance and encouragement.
As individuals our success and the success of the profession today depend on our ability to read other people's signals and react appropriately to them.
The final price will depend on the cost to Orange Communications of securing a UMTS license in Switzerland, for which bidding began on 13 November.