Meaning of DEPENDENT in English

DEPENDENT

I. de ‧ pen ‧ dant BrE AmE British English , dependent American English /dɪˈpendənt/ noun [countable]

[ Word Family: noun : ↑ dependant , ↑ dependence ≠ ↑ independence , ↑ dependency ; adverb : ↑ dependably , ↑ independently ; adjective : ↑ dependable , ↑ dependent ≠ ↑ independent ; verb : ↑ depend ]

someone, especially a child, who depends on you for food, clothes, money etc

II. de ‧ pen ‧ dent 1 W3 /dɪˈpendənt/ BrE AmE adjective

[ Word Family: noun : ↑ dependant , ↑ dependence ≠ ↑ independence , ↑ dependency ; adverb : ↑ dependably , ↑ independently ; adjective : ↑ dependable , ↑ dependent ≠ ↑ independent ; verb : ↑ depend ]

1 . needing someone or something in order to exist, be successful, be healthy etc OPP independent

dependent on/upon

Norway’s economy is heavily dependent on natural resources.

Jan’s mother was dependent on her for physical care.

Do you have any dependent children (=who you are still supporting financially) ?

2 . ↑ addicted to drugs, alcohol etc

dependent on/upon

the needs of people dependent on drugs

a danger of becoming alcohol dependent

3 . be dependent on/upon something to be directly affected or decided by something else:

Your pay is dependent on how much you produce.

III. dependent 2 BrE AmE noun [countable]

the American spelling of ↑ dependant

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.