[Word-ology] Dependable=De+Pend+Able

💡Time for [Word-ology] again, a column making English learning easier!💡

Before today’s learning, let’s check the answers to the last episode.

indict = in-[in, on] + dict-[say]
Definition: say guilty in sb; if a law court or a grand jury indicts someone, it accuses them officially of a crime.

addict [n.] = ad-[to] + dict-[say]
Definition: to say repeatedly; a person who cannot stop doing or using something, especially something harmful


Today we will learn the new root “pend“. It means “hang” and is used in many words. Let’s see the word “dependable” together.

In the word “dependable“, “de” means “down“, “pend/pens” means “hang“, “able” means “a.” By combining them together we can deduce that “dependable” means “capable of being relied on or trusted

In Cambridge Dictionary, “dependable” means “deserving of trust or confidence“, which is highly similar to what we’ve deduced.

Here are one example to use “dependable” :

I need someone dependable to take care of the children while I’m at work.


Now it’s your time to figure out the meanings of the following words!

indispensable=in-[not]+dis-[away]+pens[hang]+-able[a.]

propensity=pro-[forth]+pens[hang]+-ity[n.]

That’s all for [Word-ology] today!

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