depend (up)on (someone or something)

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depend (up)on (someone or something)

1. To rely on someone or something. You can depend on Tom, so if he said he'd be here at 11:30, then he'll be here at 11:30. I still haven't found a job, so, yes, I depend upon my parents for money.
2. To be dictated by certain conditions. Where we hold the wedding ceremony depends entirely on the weather—if it's rainy, then we'll have it indoors.
3. To be addicted to something. I have a harder time falling asleep these days, but at least I don't depend on sleeping pills anymore.
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depend (up)on someone or something

to rely upon someone or something. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) Can I depend on you to do this right? You can depend upon me for help.
See also: depend, on

depend on

or depend upon
v.
1. To be contingent upon something or someone for an outcome: Whether or not we go on the picnic depends on the weather.
2. To rely on something or someone, especially for support or maintenance: Children depend on adults for food and shelter.
3. To place trust or confidence in someone or something: You can depend upon my honesty.
4. To have a chronic or compulsive need for something; be addicted to something: As time went by, he began to depend on painkillers to get him through the day.
See also: depend, on
References in classic literature ?
"Your honor may depend upon us," said a voice which made Athos start.
Why will you not depend upon us? Why will you not tell us what you want, and let us ask for it in the language of the country?
Instead of being merciful and kind to animals that depend upon us, we are unfeeling towards them.
This transaction will enable us to deliver on our ambitions and make a massive difference to our current and future residents who depend upon us".
"Success in managing the complexity of global affairs will also increasingly depend upon US cooperation with others, both competitors and allies." -Andrew Hammond Share on facebook Tweet this
Success will depend upon us, the industry, government and others, all working together with a shared purpose to protect consumers.
Now, let the people depend upon us. The economic viability of the government and of the nation requires immediate retrenchment.
The decision "punishes more than 100 million users who depend upon us to communicate themselves, run their business and more, just to force us hand over information that we don't have," the statement said, without elaborating.
Our clients and patients depend upon us to do our research and introduce innovative therapies.
"How much they depend upon us. … It amazes me," Leonard said.
"But those futures depend upon us staying in this league and playing week in, week out against the likes of Cliftonville."
That an animal which may depend upon us is in such compromised circumstances speaks to our own inability to protect, or still worse, our ability to inflict pain.
"Our children "Our children depend upon us and bad engraving leaves a mark that can last a lifetime, embedding patterns of behaviour which can cast long shadows over that life."
"Our clients know that they can depend upon us to be available when they need us.