Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

  

English definition of “depend on/upon sb/sth”

depend on/upon sb/sth

(SUPPORT) phrasal verb with depend     /dɪˈpend/ verb [I]
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 (SUPPORT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of depend on/upon sb/sth

Translations of “depend on/upon sb/sth”

Word of the Day

sail

When a boat or a ship sails, it travels on the water.

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More