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[ri-lahy] /rɪˈlaɪ/
verb (used without object), relied, relying.
1.
to depend confidently; put trust in (usually followed by on or upon):
You can rely on her work.
Origin of rely
1300-1350
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.
Synonyms
trust, count, bank.
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  • He could be relied upon to balk every effort my mother might make to find me.

    Vandemark's Folly Herbert Quick
  • His notions of time and distance are often not in the very least to be relied on.

    The Roof of France Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • On the other hand, Tom, with his heavy shaft and barbed point, relied on a single weapon.

    Tropic Days E. J. Banfield
  • All relied on him with the utmost confidence, and no one was ever disappointed in him.

  • The place was an extremely strong one, and the king had relied confidently upon its holding out for two or three months.

British Dictionary definitions for relied

rely

/rɪˈlaɪ/
verb (intransitive; foll by on or upon) -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
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

rely

v.

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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