verb (used without object), relied, relying.
to depend confidently; put trust in (usually followed by on or upon ): You can rely on her work.

1300–50; Middle English relien < Middle French relier < Latin religāre to bind fast, hold firmly. See re-, ligament

misrely, verb (used without object), misrelied, misrelying.

trust, count, bank. Unabridged
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rely (rɪˈlaɪ)
vb , -lies, -lying, -lied
1.  to be dependent (on): he relies on his charm
2.  to have trust or confidence (in): you can rely on us
[C14: from Old French relier to fasten together, repair, from Latin religāre to tie back, from re- + ligāre to tie]

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Word Origin & History

early 14c., "to gather, assemble," from O.Fr. relier "fasten, attach, rally, oblige," from L. religare "fasten, bind fast," from re-, intensive prefix, + ligare "to bind" (see ligament). Sense of "depend, trust" is from 1570s, perhaps via notion of "rally to, fall back on."
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Example sentences
It is possible that neither chronicler is to be relied upon in this matter.
He relied on the heart of humanity as the supreme judge.
Their leaders were trained to a method of oratory which relied for its effect
  rather on the moral sense than the understanding.
Real time intelligence relied on instantaneous information, something a lot of
  space craft cannot do.
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