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rely

[ri-lahy]
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:
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.
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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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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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