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[ri-lahy]
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verb (used without object), re·lied, re·ly·ing.
  1. 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 formsmis·re·ly, verb (used without object), mis·re·lied, mis·re·ly·ing.

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trust, count, bank.
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rely

verb -lies, -lying or -lied (intr ; foll by on or upon)
  1. to be dependent (on)he relies on his charm
  2. 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 rely

v.

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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