Definition of “dependence” - English Dictionary

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“dependence” in British English

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dependencenoun [ S or U ]

US also dependance uk /dɪˈpen.dəns/ us /dɪˈpen.dəns/ also dependency

C2 the situation in which you need something or someone all the time, especially in order to continue existing or operating:

The company needs to reduce its dependence on just one particular product.
Drug dependence led to her early death.
She has developed a deep dependence on him (= she needs him emotionally).

More examples

  • The region's complete dependence on tourism is rather worrying.
  • All her life she had a childlike dependence on the people around her.
  • Gradually her dependence on alcohol became obvious to everyone.
  • After living alone for so long, she found the baby's dependence on her quite difficult to cope with.
  • He had to learn that dependence on others is not a sign of weakness.

(Definition of “dependence” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“dependence” in American English

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dependencenoun [ U ]

us /dɪˈpen·dəns/ also dependency, /dɪˈpen·dən·si/

a state of needing something or someone, esp. in order to continue existing or operating:

The company is reducing its dependence on foreign markets.

(Definition of “dependence” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)