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).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Dependentadjective

    Hanging down.

    Etymology: dependens, Latin. This, as many other words of like termination, are written with ent or ant, as they are supposed to flow from the Latin or French.

    None may wear this furr but princes; and there is a certain number of ranks allowed to dukes, marquisses, and earls, which they must not exceed in lining their caps therewith. In the time of Charles the Great, and long since, the whole furrs in the tails were dependent; but now that fashion is left, and the spots only worn, without the tails. Henry Peacham, on Blazoning.

  2. Dependentnoun

    One subordinate; one at the discretion or disposal of another.

    Etymology: from dependens, Latin.

    We are indigent, defenceless beings; the creatures of his power, and the dependents of his providence. John Rogers, Sermons.


  1. dependent

    A dependant is a person who relies on another as a primary source of income. A common-law spouse who is financially supported by their partner may also be included in this definition. In some jurisdictions, supporting a dependant may enable the provider to claim a tax deduction. In the United Kingdom, a full-time student in higher education who financially supports another adult may qualify for an Adult Dependant's Grant.

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. Sara Haines:

    We have to take away our dependence on oil. This is one thing that when we talk about getting clean energy in this country everyone says, ‘Oh, here go the environmentalists again,’ This is why we have to get off. It's not sustainable, it makes us dependent on the Middle East. It makes us dependent on places like Russia.

  2. Halil Karaveli:

    The Turkish economy is sort of a bubble. It's living off foreign capital being pumped in, which has made it possible for people to borrow and consume, the savings rate in Turkey is extremely low. You're totally dependent on inflows of foreign capital, which has sustained consumption and it has sustained this construction boom.

  3. Jayne Morgan:

    Our children represent that pocket of our society that currently is unable to be vaccinated, so it is dependent on the rest of us to step up and get vaccinated, such that we can protect all of those who are unable to be vaccinated currently.

  4. Robert Bacarella:

    We're all sitting around here asking, 'Where's the growth?' if they can come out with a plan to show that they can grow market share and not be as dependent on retail stores then it becomes a lot more interesting.

  5. Matt Preschern:

    Anyone can reach me on my globally enabled phone any time of day, and I enjoy it, i am genuinely enthusiastic about serving my team, because my and our success is dependent on them..

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    having a build with little fat or muscle but with long limbs
    • A. elusive
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