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dependent

adjective uk   /dɪˈpen.dənt/ us  

dependent adjective (NEEDING HELP)

B2 needing the support of something or someone in order to continue existing or operating: He has three dependent children. It's very easy to become dependent on sleeping pills.

dependent adjective (DECIDED BY)

dependent on/upon sth C1 influenced or decided by something: Whether I go to university or not is dependent on what exam grades I get.
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