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rely

[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
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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Examples for rely
  • The wisest princes need not think it any diminution to their greatness, or derogation to their sufficiency, to rely upon counsel.
  • In the other chief characters of this story the author seems to rely entirely on natural truthfulness.
  • Blueberries, melons, squashes-all kinds of crops rely heavily on honeybees.
  • But as more and more people came to rely on potatoes as a principal food source, the stage was set for a national tragedy.
  • At this point, good dinosaur movies are going to have to rely on solid storytelling.
  • There are many people in our county that don't have vehicles and rely on others to take them places.
  • By late spring, everyone had agreed to rely on advertising, with the ads discreetly presented.
  • Increasingly, they rely on the police for control and focus on preserving power.
  • Public hospitals are so overcrowded that people are forced to rely on inaccurate tests dispensed at private labs and clinics.
  • More than a thousand federal statutes rely on marriage to define one's status.
British Dictionary definitions for rely

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 rely
rely
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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