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Meaning of “dependent” in the English Dictionary

"dependent" in British English

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dependentadjective

uk   us   /dɪˈpen.dənt/
  • dependent adjective (NEEDING HELP)

B2 needing the ​support of something or someone in ​order to ​continueexisting or ​operating: He has three dependent ​children. It's very ​easy to ​become dependent onsleepingpills.

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  • dependent adjective (DECIDED BY)

dependent on/upon sth

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  • The ​amount of ​tax you ​pay is dependent on how much you ​earn.
  • I don't ​know whether we're going ​yet - it's dependent on whether Carlo comes back in ​time.
  • The ​amount of ​time you get off is dependent on how many ​hours you ​work.
  • The ​sum that you can ​borrow is dependent on ​yoursalary.
  • Whether we take a ​holiday or not is dependent on how much ​time Roger can take off from ​work.
C1 influenced or ​decided by something: Whether I get into ​college or not is dependent on how good my ​grades are.

dependentnoun [C]

uk   us   /dɪˈpen.dənt/
US spelling of dependant
(Definition of dependent from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"dependent" in American English

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dependentnoun [C]

 us   /dɪˈpen·dənt/
a ​person who is ​financiallysupported by another ​person: Jack and Marion have four dependents.

dependentadjective

 us   /dɪˈpen·dənt/
needing the ​support of something or someone in ​order to ​continueexisting or ​operating: She has three dependent ​children. West Virginia’s ​economy is ​highly dependent on the ​miningindustry. Grapes need a ​long, ​slow ripening ​period, and that is dependent on ​temperature.
(Definition of dependent from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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