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dependent

adjective uk   us   /dɪˈpen.dənt/

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.
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dependent adjective (DECIDED BY)

dependent on/upon sth
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C1 influenced or decided by something: Whether I get into college or not is dependent on how good my grades are.

dependent

noun [C] uk   us   /dɪˈpen.dənt/
US spelling of dependant
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