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DEPENDENT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does dependent mean? 

DEPENDENT (noun)
  The noun DEPENDENT has 1 sense:

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

  Familiarity information: DEPENDENT used as a noun is very rare.


DEPENDENT (adjective)
  The adjective DEPENDENT has 6 senses:

1. not independent
2. contingent on something else
3. (of a clause) unable to stand alone syntactically as a complete sentence
4. supported from above
5. being under the power or sovereignty of another or others
6. addicted to a drug

  Familiarity information: DEPENDENT used as an adjective is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


DEPENDENT (noun)


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Meaning:

A person who relies on another person for support (especially financial support)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

dependant; dependent

Hypernyms ("dependent" is a kind of...):

receiver; recipient (a person who gets something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "dependent"):

charge (a person committed to your care)

minion (a servile or fawning dependant)


DEPENDENT (adjective)


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Meaning:

Not independent

Context example:

dependent children

Similar:

underage (dependent by virtue of youth)

symbiotic (used of organisms (especially of different species) living together but not necessarily in a relation beneficial to each)

reliant (relying on another for support)

bloodsucking; leechlike; parasitic; parasitical (of plants or persons; having the nature or habits of a parasite or leech; living off another)

myrmecophilous (living symbiotically with ants)

interdependent; mutualist; mutually beneficial (mutually dependent)

helpless (unable to manage independently)

babelike (like a baby especially in dependence)

Also:

unfree (hampered and not free; not able to act at will)

Attribute:

independence; independency (freedom from control or influence of another or others)

Antonym:

independent (free from external control and constraint)


Sense 2dependent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Contingent on something else

Synonyms:

dependant; dependent; qualified

Similar:

conditional (imposing or depending on or containing a condition)


Sense 3dependent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(of a clause) unable to stand alone syntactically as a complete sentence

Synonyms:

dependent; subordinate

Context example:

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

Domain category:

grammar (the branch of linguistics that deals with syntax and morphology (and sometimes also deals with semantics or morphology))

Antonym:

independent ((of a clause) capable of standing syntactically alone as a complete sentence)


Sense 4dependent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Supported from above

Synonyms:

hanging; hanging down; pendant; pendent; dependent

Context example:

a pendant bunch of grapes

Similar:

supported (held up or having the weight borne especially from below)


Sense 5dependent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Being under the power or sovereignty of another or others

Synonyms:

subject; dependent

Context examples:

subject peoples / a dependent prince

Similar:

subordinate (subject or submissive to authority or the control of another)


Sense 6dependent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Addicted to a drug

Synonyms:

strung-out; drug-addicted; hooked; dependant; dependent

Similar:

addicted (compulsively or physiologically dependent on something habit-forming)


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