(noun, adjective)


1. relying on or requiring a person or thing for support, supply, or what is needed

- dependent children

- dependent on moisture

Similar word(s): babelike, helpless, interdependent, mutualist, myrmecophilous, bloodsucking, leechlike, parasitic, parasitical, reliant, symbiotic, underage, unfree

2. contingent on something else

Similar word(s): conditional, 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

Similar word(s): subordinate

4. held from above and hanging down

Similar word(s): supported, pendant, pendent

5. being under the power or sovereignty of another or others

- a dependent prince

Similar word(s): subordinate, subject

6. addicted to a drug

Similar word(s): addicted, dependant, hooked

Sentences with dependent as an adjective:

- At that point I was dependent on financial aid for my tuition.

- a dependent bough or leaf


1. a person who relies on another person for support (especially financial support)

Similar word(s): dependant

Definition categories: person, receiver, recipient

Sentences with dependent as a noun:

- With two children and an ailing mother, she had three dependents in all ... (In British English, this meaning is spelt dependant.)