depend on

1. [To be undecided]
Syn. be pending, be under advisement, be uncertain, be doubtful, hang in suspense, be awaiting the issue, hang in the balance*, hang by a thread*.
2. [To be contingent]
Syn. be Dependent on, be determined by, rest with, rest on, be subordinate to, be based on, be predicted on, be subject to, hinge on, turn on, hang on, be in control of, be in the power of, be conditioned by, be connected with, revolve on, be at the mercy of.
3. [To rely upon]
Syn. put faith in, confide in, count on; see count on , trust 1 .
See Synonym Study at trust .
depend (up)on (Roget's Thesaurus II) verb 1. To place trust or confidence in: bank on (or upon), believe in, count on (or upon), reckon on (or upon), rely on (or upon), trust (in). See TRUST. 2. To look forward to confidently: anticipate, await, bargain for (or on), count on, expect, look for, wait (for). Informal: figure on. See SURPRISE. 3. To be determined by or contingent on something unknown, uncertain, or changeable: hang on, hang upon, hinge on (or upon), rest on (or upon), turn on, turn upon. See START.

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