1 needing sb's help/support
ADJ. great, heavy a heavy dependence on imported materials | absolute, complete, total his total dependence on his family | continuing, growing, increased, increasing The country has a growing dependence on foreign aid. | excessive | mutual Their relationship is based on a strong mutual dependence. | economic, financial | emotional, physical, psychological
VERB + DEPENDENCE have | reduce The government wants to reduce industry's dependence on coal.
PREP. ~ on/upon her economic dependence on her husband
2 being addicted to sth
ADJ. alcohol, drug, nicotine, etc.
PREP. ~ on dependence on alcohol