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
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.
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