Meaning of “depend” in the English Dictionary

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"depend" in British English

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dependverb [ I ]

uk /dɪˈpend/ us /dɪˈpend/

B1 to be decided by or to change according to the stated thing:

Whether or not we go to Mexico for our holiday depends on the cost.
[ + question word ] I might go to the cinema tomorrow - it depends what time I get home from work.
it (all) depends B1 informal

it is not decided yet:

"Are you going to Emma's party?" "I don't know, it depends - we might be going away that weekend."

More examples

  • How long the journey takes will depend on how long it takes to get through the traffic.
  • "Would you get ever involved in a fight?" "It would depend on the situation."
  • "Can you lift this case?" "It depends how heavy it is."
  • I might come - it depends. I'll have to find out what Andrew wants to do.
  • Whether or not you're given a car depends on your position in the company.

Phrasal verb(s)

(Definition of “depend” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"depend" in American English

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dependverb [ I ]

us /dɪˈpend/

to be influenced or determined by something else:

All of this depends on how the test is constructed.
“Do you eat out at lunchtime?” “Well, it depends. I usually bring lunch, but sometimes I go out.”

(Definition of “depend” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)