depends, depending, depended
1) VERB If you say that one thing depends on another, you mean that the first thing will be affected or determined by the second.

[V on/upon n] The cooking time needed depends on the size of the potato...

[V on/upon n] What happened later would depend on his talk with De Solina...

[V on/upon wh] How much it costs depends upon how much you buy.

2) VERB If you depend on someone or something, you need them in order to be able to survive physically, financially, or emotionally.

[V on/upon n/-ing] They may hate what he does but their survival depends on him...

[V on/upon n/-ing] He depended on his writing for his income...

[V on/upon n/-ing] Nora grew accustomed to depending on her husband...

[V on/upon n/-ing] Choosing the right account depends on working out your likely average balance.

3) VERB If you can depend on a person, organization, or law, you know that they will support you or help you when you need them.

[V on/upon n] `You can depend on me,' Cross assured him.

4) VERB You use depend in expressions such as it depends to indicate that you cannot give a clear answer to a question because the answer will be affected or determined by other factors.

[it/that V] `But how long can you stay in the house?' - `I don't know. It depends.'...

[it V on n/wh] It all depends on your definition of punk, doesn't it?

5) PHR-PREP: PREP n/wh You use depending on when you are saying that something varies according to the circumstances mentioned.

I tend to have a different answer, depending on the family...

People in the rest of the country celebrated independence even later, depending on when the news of Congress's action reached them.

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