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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Depend \De*pend"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Depended; p. pr. & vb.
n. Depending.] [F. d['e]pendre, fr. L. depend?re; de- +
pend?re to hang. See Pendant.]
1. To hang down; to be sustained by being fastened or
attached to something above.
And ever-living lamps depend in rows. --Pope.
2. To hang in suspense; to be pending; to be undetermined or
undecided; as, a cause depending in court.
You will not think it unnatural that those who have
an object depending, which strongly engages their
hopes and fears, should be somewhat inclined to
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
The truth of God's word dependeth not of the truth
of the congregation. --Tyndale.
The conclusion . . . that our happiness depends
little on political institutions, and much on the
temper and regulation of our own minds. --Macaulay.
Heaven forming each on other to depend. --Pope.
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
But if you 're rough, and use him like a dog,
Depend upon it -- he 'll remain incog. --Addison.
5. To serve; to attend; to act as a dependent or retainer.
6. To impend. [Obs.] --Shak.
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