that depends

that depends
it/that/depends mainly spoken phrase
used when you cannot give a definite answer, because different things are possible in different situations
it/that/depends what/​where/​how etc:

‘How much will I have to pay for a car?’ ‘It depends what sort of car you want.’

Thesaurus: ways of saying you are not suresynonym
Main entry: depend

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that deˈpends | it (all) deˈpends idiom
used to say that you are not certain about sth because other things have to be considered

‘Is he coming?’ ‘That depends. He may not have the time.’

I don't know if we can help— it all depends.

I might not go. It depends how tired I am.

‘Your job sounds fun.’ ‘It depends what you mean by ‘fun’.’

I shouldn't be too late. But it depends if the traffic's bad.

Main entry:dependidiom

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  • that depends — • it depends (on) • that depends (on) maybe; perhaps; (I) haven t decided yet, and anyway there could be conditions; it is very uncertain …   Idioms and examples

  • that depends on — • it depends (on) • that depends (on) maybe; perhaps; (I) haven t decided yet, and anyway there could be conditions; it is very uncertain …   Idioms and examples

  • That — That, pron., a., conj., & adv. [AS. [eth][ae]t, neuter nom. & acc. sing. of the article (originally a demonstrative pronoun). The nom. masc. s[=e], and the nom. fem. se[ o] are from a different root. AS. [eth][ae]t is akin to D. dat, G. das, OHG …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • it (all) depends — that deˈpends | it (all) deˈpends idiom used to say that you are not certain about sth because other things have to be considered • ‘Is he coming?’ ‘That depends. He may not have the time.’ • I don t know if we can help it all depends. • …   Useful english dictionary

  • it depends — it/that/depends mainly spoken phrase used when you cannot give a definite answer, because different things are possible in different situations it/that/depends what/​where/​how etc: ‘How much will I have to pay for a car?’ ‘It depends what sort… …   Useful english dictionary

  • it depends — • it depends (on) • that depends (on) maybe; perhaps; (I) haven t decided yet, and anyway there could be conditions; it is very uncertain …   Idioms and examples

  • it depends on — • it depends (on) • that depends (on) maybe; perhaps; (I) haven t decided yet, and anyway there could be conditions; it is very uncertain …   Idioms and examples

  • All that — That That, pron., a., conj., & adv. [AS. [eth][ae]t, neuter nom. & acc. sing. of the article (originally a demonstrative pronoun). The nom. masc. s[=e], and the nom. fem. se[ o] are from a different root. AS. [eth][ae]t is akin to D. dat, G. das …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • For that — That That, pron., a., conj., & adv. [AS. [eth][ae]t, neuter nom. & acc. sing. of the article (originally a demonstrative pronoun). The nom. masc. s[=e], and the nom. fem. se[ o] are from a different root. AS. [eth][ae]t is akin to D. dat, G. das …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • In that — That That, pron., a., conj., & adv. [AS. [eth][ae]t, neuter nom. & acc. sing. of the article (originally a demonstrative pronoun). The nom. masc. s[=e], and the nom. fem. se[ o] are from a different root. AS. [eth][ae]t is akin to D. dat, G. das …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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