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Definition 1: a person who relies on another person for support (especially financial support) - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for dependent in the sense of this definition

(dependent is a kind of ...) a person who receives something

(... is a kind of dependent ) a person committed to your care

"the teacher led her charges across the street"

(... is a kind of dependent ) a servile or fawning dependant

Definition 2: relying on or requiring a person or thing for support, supply, or what is needed - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where dependent or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • dependent children
  • dependent on moisture

(dependent is similar to ...) of plants or persons; having the nature or habits of a parasite or leech; living off another

"a wealthy class parasitic upon the labor of the masses" "parasitic vines that strangle the trees" "bloodsucking blackmailer" "his indolent leechlike existence"

(dependent is similar to ...) like a baby especially in dependence

"babelike innocence and dependence"

(dependent is similar to ...) unable to manage independently

"as helpless as a baby"

(dependent is similar to ...) mutually dependent

(dependent is similar to ...) living symbiotically with ants

(dependent is similar to ...) dependent by virtue of youth

(dependent is similar to ...) relying on another for support

"dependent on Middle Eastern oil"

(dependent is similar to ...) used of organisms (especially of different species) living together but not necessarily in a relation beneficial to each

(means also ...) hampered and not free; not able to act at will

(... are attributes of dependent) freedom from control or influence of another or others

Definition 3: (of a clause) unable to stand alone syntactically as a complete sentence - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where dependent or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a subordinate (or dependent) clause functions as a noun or adjective or adverb within a sentence

Synonyms for dependent in the sense of this definition

(dependent belongs to category ...) the branch of linguistics that deals with syntax and morphology (and sometimes also deals with semantics)

Definition 4: addicted to a drug - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Synonyms for dependent in the sense of this definition

(dependent is similar to ...) compulsively or physiologically dependent on something habit-forming

"she is addicted to chocolate" "addicted to cocaine"

Definition 5: contingent on something else - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Synonyms for dependent in the sense of this definition

(dependent is similar to ...) imposing or depending on or containing a condition

"conditional acceptance of the terms" "lent conditional support" "the conditional sale will not be complete until the full purchase price is paid"

Definition 6: being under the power or sovereignty of another or others - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where dependent or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • subject peoples
  • a dependent prince

Synonyms for dependent in the sense of this definition

(dependent is similar to ...) subject or submissive to authority or the control of another

"a subordinate kingdom"

Definition 7: held from above and hanging down - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where dependent or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a pendant bunch of grapes

Synonyms for dependent in the sense of this definition

(dependent is similar to ...) held up or having the weight borne especially from below

"supported joints in a railroad track have ties directly under the rail ends"

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