rely

[ ri-lahy ]
/ rɪˈlaɪ /
See synonyms for: rely / relying on Thesaurus.com

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.

QUIZZES

LEARN THE SPANISH WORDS FOR THESE COMMON ANIMALS!

Are you learning Spanish? Or do you just have an interest in foreign languages? Either way, this quiz on Spanish words for animals is for you.
Question 1 of 13
How do you say “cat” 🐈 in Spanish?

Origin of rely

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

OTHER WORDS FROM rely

mis·re·ly, verb (used without object), mis·re·lied, mis·re·ly·ing.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

Example sentences from the Web for rely

British Dictionary definitions for rely

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012