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Meaning of “depend” in the English Dictionary

"depend" in British English

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dependverb [I]

uk   us   /dɪˈpend/
B1 to be ​decided by or to ​changeaccording to the ​stated thing: Whether or not we go to Mexico for ​ourholiday depends on the ​cost. [+ question word] I might go to the ​cinematomorrow - it depends what ​time I get ​home from ​work.it (all) depends B1 informal it is not ​decidedyet: "Are you going to Emma's ​party?" "I don't ​know, it depends - we might be going away that ​weekend."

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(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 ​bringlunch, but sometimes I go out.”
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