What does dependent mean?

Definitions for dependent
dɪˈpɛn dəntde·pen·dent

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dependant, dependentadjective

    a person who relies on another person for support (especially financial support)

  2. dependentadjective

    relying on or requiring a person or thing for support, supply, or what is needed

    "dependent children"; "dependent on moisture"

  3. dependent, dependant, qualifiedadjective

    contingent on something else

  4. dependent, subordinateadjective

    (of a clause) unable to stand alone syntactically as a complete sentence

    "a subordinate (or dependent) clause functions as a noun or adjective or adverb within a sentence"

  5. pendent, pendant, dependentadjective

    held from above

    "a pendant bunch of grapes"

  6. subject, dependentadjective

    being under the power or sovereignty of another or others

    "subject peoples"; "a dependent prince"

  7. dependent, dependant, drug-addicted, hooked, strung-outadjective

    addicted to a drug


  1. dependentnoun

    One who relies on another for support

    With two children and an ailing mother, she had three dependents in all ... (In British English, this meaning is spelt dependant.)

  2. dependentnoun

    An element in phrase or clause structure that is not the head. Includes complements modifiers and determiners.

  3. dependentnoun

    The aorist subjunctive or subjunctive perfective: a form of a verb not used independently but preceded by a particle to form the negative or a tense form. Found in Greek and in the Gaelic languages.

  4. dependentadjective

    Relying upon; depending upon

    At that point I was dependent on financial aid for my tuition.

  5. dependentadjective

    (of certain Irish irregular verbs): standing only after a preverbal particle

  6. dependentadjective

    Used in questions, negative sentences and after certain particles and prepositions.

  7. dependentadjective

    (in medicine:) affecting the lower part of the body, such as the legs while standing up, or the back while supine

  8. Etymology: Originally dependant, from dépendant, present participle of dépendre (in English assimilated to dependentem).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dependentadjective

    hanging down; as, a dependent bough or leaf

  2. Dependentadjective

    relying on, or subject to, something else for support; not able to exist, or sustain itself, or to perform anything, without the will, power, or aid of something else; not self-sustaining; contingent or conditioned; subordinate; -- often with on or upon; as, dependent on God; dependent upon friends

  3. Dependentnoun

    one who depends; one who is sustained by another, or who relies on another for support of favor; a hanger-on; a retainer; as, a numerous train of dependents

  4. Dependentnoun

    that which depends; corollary; consequence


  1. Dependent

    hanging down.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'dependent' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2697

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'dependent' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4649

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'dependent' in Adjectives Frequency: #364

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dependent in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dependent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of dependent in a Sentence

  1. Horst Seehofer:

    I'm not against talks with Turkey but I think it's dangerous to become so dependent on Ankara.

  2. Hassan Rahmani:

    All the growth in this country is dependent on relations with the other countries -- European countries, United States, all the countries.

  3. Sansern Kaewkamnerd:

    We have to endure because having tourists is better than having no tourists at all, our exports are dependent on the economic situations of other countries. So we are focusing on tourism. This is something we can control.

  4. Julian King:

    She wasn't her party's first choice, which limited her independence from the start, she is more dependent on the capitals, especially Berlin and Paris. Unfortunately, there is not as much political stability in either as there has been previously.

  5. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova:

    We don't think it's possible to talk about any kind of statistics of support or non-support for the president when people lack information, Putin's ratings are directly dependent on the content of the television programs. If you look at the level of propaganda ... it has increased a lot since the start of the Ukrainian revolution.

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    an unincorporated business owned by a single person who is responsible for its liabilities and entitled to its profits
    • A. adscripted
    • B. proprietary
    • C. soft-witted
    • D. tacky

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