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depend on/upon sb/sth

verb [I] uk phrasal verb with depend   /dɪˈpend/ us  

(TRUST)

B2 to trust someone or something and know that that person or thing will help you or do what you want or expect him, her, or it to do: You can always depend on Michael in a crisis. [+ to infinitive] I'm depending on you to keep your promise. [+ -ing verb] You can't always depend on the trains arriving on time.humorous You can depend on Jane to be late (= she is always late).Trusting and not trusting

(SUPPORT)

B2 to need something, or need the help and support of someone or something, in order to live or continue as before: Charities depend on people supporting their activities. The country depends heavily on foreign aid. Elaine depends upon Bob completely for her happiness.Being based on or depending on something
(Definition of depend on/upon sb/sth from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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