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"dependence" in British English

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dependencenoun [S or U]

(US also dependance) uk   us   /dɪˈpen.dəns/ (also dependency)
C2 the ​situation in which you need something or someone all the ​time, ​especially in ​order to ​continueexisting or ​operating: The ​companyneeds to ​reduceits dependence on just one ​particularproduct. Drug dependence ​led to her early ​death. She has ​developed adeep dependence on him (= she ​needs him ​emotionally).

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

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dependencenoun [U]

 us   /dɪˈpen·dəns/ (also dependency,  /dɪˈpen·dən·si/ )
a ​state of ​needing something or someone, esp. in ​order to ​continueexisting or ​operating: The ​company is ​reducingits dependence on ​foreignmarkets.
(Definition of dependence from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “dependence”
in Arabic اعتِماد عَلى…
in Korean 의존…
in Portuguese dependência…
in Catalan dependència…
in Japanese 依存(状態)…
in Chinese (Simplified) 依赖,依靠…
in Turkish bağımlılık, yardıma muhtaç olma…
in Russian зависимость…
in Chinese (Traditional) 依賴,依靠…
in Italian dipendenza…
in Polish uzależnienie…
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