1 needing sb's help/support
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.
her economic dependence on her husband
2 being addicted to sth
alcohol, drug, nicotine, etc.
dependence on alcohol
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