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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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Examples from the web for relying
  • The regal-ritual city operated on a moneyless economy, relying on tribute and taxation.
  • Solar water heaters use the sun's energy to warm water rather than relying entirely on electric or gas to provide heat.
  • It makes its home in caves, relying on their protection during hibernation and maternity.
  • But the agreements were vague, relying more on good will than on concrete obligations.
  • Instead of relying on your usual routine, buy a special notebook in which to carry all your pre- and post-arrival notes.
  • Suddenly they're out in the backcountry relying on each other.
  • But conservationists are relying on current research to fine-tune their strategies.
  • One cautionary tale about the perils of relying on a homogenous food source revolves around the humble potato.
  • Rather than relying on outside sources, the anthropologists themselves recorded the activities and customs of local people.
  • Many airlines are relying on what are called ancillary revenues to make profits.
British Dictionary definitions for relying


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 relying



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.

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