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
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.
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