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depend on/upon sb/sth

phrasal verb with depend uk /dɪˈpend/ 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.
[ + -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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