dependent

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Dependent is on the Basic English 850 List.

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Adjective[change]

Positive
dependent

Comparative
more dependent

Superlative
most dependent

  1. If you are dependent on something, you need it or rely on it.
    Ocean divers are dependent on their oxygen masks for air.

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Noun[change]

Singular
dependent

Plural
dependents

  1. (countable) A dependent is a person who relies on another person for support.
    With two children and an ailing mother, she had three dependents in all ... (In British English, this meaning is spelt dependant.)
  2. (countable) (grammar) A dependent is an element in a phrase or clause that is not the head.