AskDefine | Define dependent

Dictionary Definition

dependent adj
1 not independent; "dependent children" [ant: independent]
2 contingent on something else [syn: dependant, qualified]
3 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" [syn: subordinate] [ant: independent]
4 being under the power or sovereignty of another or others; "subject peoples"; "a dependent prince" [syn: subject]
5 addicted to a drug [syn: dependant, drug-addicted, hooked, strung-out] n : a person who relies on another person for support (especially financial support) [syn: dependant]

User Contributed Dictionary



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


  • /dɪˈpɛndənt/


  1. Relying upon; depending upon
    At that point I was dependent on financial aid for my tuition.
  2. (of certain Irish irregular verbs): standing only after a preverbal particle


relying upon; depending upon


  1. 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. An element in phrase or clause structure that is not the head. Includes complements modifiers and determiners.
  3. (Greek grammar) the aorist subjunctive form of a verb; or non-past, perfective form of a verb

Related terms

Extensive Definition

Dependency or dependent may refer to:*Chemical dependency, a need for a substance so strong that it becomes necessary to have this substance to function properly
dependent in German: Abhängigkeit
dependent in Esperanto: Dependeco
dependent in French: Dépendance
dependent in Dutch: Afhankelijkheid
dependent in Russian: Зависимость
dependent in Simple English: Dependency

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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