depend etymology

English word depend comes from Middle French pendre, Middle French de-

Detailed word origin of depend

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
pendre Middle French (frm)
de- Middle French (frm)
dependre Middle French (frm)
depend English (eng) (archaic) To be pending; to be undetermined or undecided.. (intransitive, followed by on or upon, formerly also by of) To be contingent or conditioned; to have something as a necessary condition; to hinge on.. (now, literary) To hang down; to be sustained by being fastened or attached to something above.. (intransitive, followed by on or upon) To trust; to have confidence; to rely.