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depend on/upon sb/sth

phrasal verb with depend uk   us   /dɪˈpend/ verb [I]
  • (TRUST)

B2 to ​trust someone or something and ​know that that ​person or thing will ​help you or do what you ​want or ​expect him, her, or it to do: You can always ​depend on Michael in a ​crisis. [+ to infinitive] I'm ​depending on you tokeepyourpromise. [+ -ing verb] You can't always ​depend on ​flights arriving on ​time.humorous You can ​depend on Jana to be late (= she is always late).

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  • (SUPPORT)

B2 to need something, or need the ​help and ​support of someone or something, in ​order to ​live or ​continue as before: Charities ​depend on ​peoplesupportingtheiractivities. The ​countrydepends heavily on ​foreignaid. Elaine ​depends upon ​Bobcompletely for her ​happiness.

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