depend


depend
depend
1. Depend in its main meaning is followed by on or upon:

• It was quite wrong to come to depend too much upon one's children —Penelope Fitzgerald, 1979

• As grandfather grew older…he seemed to depend increasingly on my company —J. Simms, 1982.

It is also commonly used in the informal expression you can depend on it/that etc.:

• I'll have a damn good try…You can depend on that —A. Price, 1982.

2. The slightly archaic meaning ‘to hang down’, which is the word's etymological meaning, is still used in some literary contexts

• (From a beam crossing the low ceiling depended a mobile, the property of Parker —Elizabeth Bowen, 1968)

but it is not a feature of normal usage.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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