depend upon something

depend upon something
phrasal verb depend on or depend upon something [transitive]
Word forms "depend on":
present tense I/you/we/they depend on he/she/it depends on present participle depending on past tense depended on past participle depended on
1) formal
depend on something [never progressive] if one thing depends on another, it is changed or affected by the other thing

Their future depends on how well they do in these exams.

depend entirely/solely on something:

How much money you get depends entirely on your individual circumstances.

depend largely (= mainly) on something:

What the products will look like will depend largely on what customers want.

2) formal
depend on someone/something to need someone or something in order to survive or be successful

The project's success depends on the support of everyone concerned.

depend on someone for something:

The young birds depend on their parents for food for several weeks.

depend on someone to do something:

The animals all depend on Mr Jackson to feed them.

3) formal
depend on someone if you can depend on someone to do something, you are sure that they will do it

I wasn't worried. I knew I could depend on you.

4) as if your life depends on it with as much effort as possible

She began to sing as if her life depended on it.

5) depending on according to

Prices vary depending on the area you choose.


English dictionary. 2014.

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