Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “depend”

See all translations

depend

verb [I] uk   /dɪˈpend/ us  
B1 to be decided by or to change according to the stated thing: Whether or not we go to Mexico for our holiday depends on the cost. [+ question word] I might go to the cinema tomorrow - it depends what time I get home from work.it (all) depends B1 informal it is not decided yet: "Are you going to Emma's party?" "I don't know, it depends - we might be going away that weekend."
More examples
Phrasal verbs
Translations of “depend”
in Spanish contar con, fiarse de, depender de…
in French se fierà, dépendre de…
in German sich verlassen auf, abhängen von…
in Chinese (Simplified) 由…决定,取决于…
in Chinese (Traditional) 由…決定,取決於…
(Definition of depend from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of depend?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “depend” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

escapism

a way of avoiding an unpleasant or boring life, especially by thinking, reading, etc. about more exciting but impossible activities

Word of the Day

Lies, lies, lies!

by Kate Woodford,
February 25, 2015
​​​ According to sociologists (=people who study the relationships between people living in groups), we are good at lying. As a species, we have developed a remarkable ability to deceive each other (= persuade each other that something false is true). Being able to say things that are not true can help with

Read More 

showrooming noun

February 23, 2015
the activity of examining a product in a physical store and then making the purchase with an online retailer Amazon’s new smartphone is specifically designed to make showrooming fast and easy.

Read More