verb (used without object), re·lied, re·ly·ing.
Origin of rely
Examples from the Web for relied
Indeed, North Korea relied on China for the attack because its entire access to the Internet runs through that country.
The protests so far have relied on a small group of core organizing bodies to harness broad but diffuse support.Eric Garner Protesters Have a Direct Line to City Hall|Jacob Siegel|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the days of yore, stars both reviled and relied on the studio system to protect them from themselves.
Nancy relied on others to make her medical decisions for her.U.K. Courts Grant Mother Right to End Her 12-Year-Old Disabled Daughter’s Life|Elizabeth Picciuto|November 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But Ruby Pearl kept order, and the more responsibility she took the more Spahn relied upon her.
After that they can be relied upon to do their duty quite accurately.The Romance of War Inventions|Thomas W. Corbin
But the move had to be made, and I relied upon Lee's not seeing my danger as I saw it.Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, Complete|Ulysses S. Grant
He could no longer be relied on to cast even his own vote once, should the occasion for voting arise.IT and Other Stories|Gouverneur Morris
It was upon his foreign policy that he relied to maintain his authority within the kingdom.
Thank heavens, child, you have not turned detective, and can be relied on to keep me company!The Automobile Girls at Newport|Laura Dent Crane
British Dictionary definitions for relied
verb -lies, -lying or -lied (intr ; foll by on or upon)
Word Origin for rely
Word Origin and History for relied
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.