What does dependent mean?

Definitions for dependent
dɪˈpɛn dəntde·pen·dent

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word dependent.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. dependant, dependent(adj)

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

  2. dependent(adj)

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

    "dependent children"; "dependent on moisture"

  3. dependent, dependant, qualified(adj)

    contingent on something else

  4. dependent, subordinate(adj)

    (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, dependent(adj)

    held from above

    "a pendant bunch of grapes"

  6. subject, dependent(adj)

    being under the power or sovereignty of another or others

    "subject peoples"; "a dependent prince"

  7. dependent, dependant, drug-addicted, hooked, strung-out(adj)

    addicted to a drug


  1. dependent(Noun)

    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. dependent(Noun)

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

  3. dependent(Noun)

    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. dependent(Adjective)

    Relying upon; depending upon

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

  5. dependent(Adjective)

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

  6. dependent(Adjective)

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

  7. dependent(Adjective)

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dependent(adj)

    hanging down; as, a dependent bough or leaf

  2. Dependent(adj)

    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. Dependent(noun)

    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. Dependent(noun)

    that which depends; corollary; consequence

Editors Contribution

  1. dependent

    A child, person or minor who is financially supported by their guardian or parent.

    My sister is dependent on our parents for her income as she is still in school.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 26, 2016  

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

How to pronounce dependent?

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How to say dependent in sign language?

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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. Luciano Siani:

    That is dependent on society.

  2. Emily Post:

    This is so situation-dependent.

  3. Sophocles:

    Success is dependent on effort.

  4. Dave Mackay:

    It's all dependent on the pilot.

  5. European Parliament President Martin Schulz:

    The EU is not dependent on Turkey.

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