Meaning of “dependent” in the English Dictionary

"dependent" in British English

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dependentadjective

uk /dɪˈpen.dənt/ 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.

More examples

  • Most children remain dependent on their parents while at university.
  • The number of single-parent families dependent on the state has risen enormously in recent years.
  • He is dependent on his father for support.
  • He's still financially dependent on his parents.
  • The charity is totally dependent on the Church's bounty.

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 your salary.
  • 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 /dɪˈpen.dənt/ us /dɪˈpen.dənt/

(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 financially supported by another person:

Jack and Marion have four dependents.

dependentadjective

us /dɪˈpen·dənt/

needing the support of something or someone in order to continue existing or operating:

She has three dependent children.
West Virginia’s economy is highly dependent on the mining industry.
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)