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[ri-lahy] /rɪˈlaɪ/
verb (used without object), relied, relying.
to depend confidently; put trust in (usually followed by on or upon):
You can rely on her work.
Origin of rely
1300-50; Middle English relien < Middle French relier < Latin religāre to bind fast, hold firmly. See re-, ligament
Related forms
misrely, verb (used without object), misrelied, misrelying.
trust, count, bank. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for relied
  • 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.
  • More and more, instead of painting outside, he stayed in his studio and relied on synthesizing remembered images.
  • They relied on grants now directed to television alone.
  • No federal funds were used in the building of the memorial, which relied on private donations.
  • No president has ever relied so extensively on the stealthy, secret killing of individuals on the battlefield.
  • It is relied upon by millions of people for meat and milk, and as a means of transportation.
  • The old diners and hamburger stands relied on skilled short-order cooks.
British Dictionary definitions for relied


verb (intransitive; foll by on or upon) -lies, -lying, -lied
to be dependent (on): he relies on his charm
to have trust or confidence (in): you can rely on us
Word Origin
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 and History for relied



early 14c., "to gather, assemble" (transitive and intransitive), from Old French relier "assemble, put together; fasten, attach, rally, oblige," from Latin religare "fasten, bind fast," from re-, intensive prefix (see re-), + ligare "to bind" (see ligament). Sense of "depend, trust" is from 1570s, perhaps via notion of "rally to, fall back on." Typically used with on, perhaps by influence of lie (v.2). Related: Relied; relying.

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