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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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  • Self-government relies, in the end, on the governing of the self.
  • One of the newest methods relies on a gene that makes algae sensitive to light.
  • The community, instead, relies on its produce to bring in money.
  • The farm relies as much as possible on such predators as well as good mulch.
  • His musk hybrid project relies on breakthroughs made by other scientists.
  • Only this: a principles-based system relies on dedicated, well-funded regulators who are interested in regulating.
  • And in his internal defeat-the whimper behind the swagger-he relies on her to set his ambition in motion.
  • Also, as perpetual student notes, our tax structure that relies too heavily on personal income and sales taxes is a disaster.
  • In my experience, higher education relies on research.
  • He relies on a set of theories which themselves are speculations to make a speculation which he presents as inviolable truth.
British Dictionary definitions for relies


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 relies



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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