rely

[ ri-lahy ]
/ rɪˈlaɪ /

verb (used without object), re·lied, re·ly·ing.

to depend confidently; put trust in (usually followed by on or upon): You can rely on her work.

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Origin of rely

1300–50; Middle English relien < Middle French relier < Latin religāre to bind fast, hold firmly. See re-, ligament

SYNONYMS FOR rely

OTHER WORDS FROM rely

mis·re·ly, verb (used without object), mis·re·lied, mis·re·ly·ing.
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British Dictionary definitions for relied

rely
/ (rɪˈlaɪ) /

verb -lies, -lying or -lied (intr ; foll by on or upon)

to be dependent (on)he relies on his charm
to have trust or confidence (in)you can rely on us

Word Origin for rely

C14: from Old French relier to fasten together, repair, from Latin religāre to tie back, from re- + ligāre to tie
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