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dependencenoun [S or U]

(US also dependance) uk   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).
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in Korean 의존…
in Arabic اعتِماد عَلى…
in Portuguese dependência…
in Catalan dependència…
in Japanese 依存(状態)…
in Italian dipendenza…
in Chinese (Traditional) 依賴,依靠…
in Russian зависимость…
in Turkish bağımlılık, yardıma muhtaç olma…
in Chinese (Simplified) 依赖,依靠…
in Polish uzależnienie…
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