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 regal-ritual city operated on a moneyless economy, relying on tribute and
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
But the agreements were vague, relying more on good will than on concrete
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