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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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  • We must have someone we can not only rely upon, but who can drive.

    Spring Street James H. Richardson
  • She could rely on Donald to help her search for the material.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • On whom one can rely for a hearing and for intelligent appreciation, Miss Selford.

    Double Harness Anthony Hope
  • But henceforward I am able to rely on my own memory as well as on other people's evidence.

    The Story of the Malakand Field Force Sir Winston S. Churchill
  • So far we have authentic records to rely on; the remainder is pure conjecture.

    Collections and Recollections George William Erskine Russell
British Dictionary definitions for rely


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 rely

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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