dependence noun

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