Meaning of "depend on someone/something" in Essential American English Dictionary

depend on someone/something

phrasal verb with depend us /dɪˈpend/ verb

B1 to need the help of someone or something:

Our economy depends on the car industry.

B1 to be affected by someone or something:

What you buy depends on what you can spend.

to trust someone or something and know that he, she, or itwill help you or do what you want or expect:

You can always depend on her in a crisis.

(Definition of “depend on someone/something” from the Webster's Essential Mini Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)