- to depend confidently; put trust in (usually followed by on or upon): You can rely on her work.
Origin of rely
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Examples from the Web for relies
When do we stop and start believing Jay, the person whose testimony upon which the state of Maryland relies?Adnan Killed Her! No, Jay Did It! Serial’s Uncertain, True-to-Reality End
December 18, 2014
It would be the novel, which relies on words alone to create whole worlds.Book Bag: 5 Novels Shakespeare Sort of Wrote
October 10, 2014
The president often “relies on the logic of a law professor rather than the passion of a leader,” Panetta writes.Exposed: The White House’s Professor-in-Chief
October 8, 2014
Instead we must decimate the mid-level leadership ISIS relies on.
ISIS does not depend on heavy weapons in Iraq, but it relies heavily on technicals to mass forces before capturing new territory.
She relies on Mrs. Howe's protection till her cousin Morden arrives.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
He relies on his muscles and not on his charms, for support.
He spurns faith and relies too much on his own observation and reasoning.The Buddha
He who relies on his acts of piety is worse than he who commits sin.Mystics and Saints of Islam
Then he relies on his damn paper and my signature to it, and turns me out!The Chestermarke Instinct
J. S. Fletcher
- to be dependent (on)he relies on his charm
- to have trust or confidence (in)you can rely on us
Word Origin and History for relies
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.