verb (used without object), re·lied, re·ly·ing.
Origin of rely
Synonyms for rely
Examples from the Web for relies
Contemporary Examples of 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.
Historical Examples of relies
A country which relies entirely for its defence upon mercenaries is rapidly approaching decay.The Young Carthaginian
Professor Geddes relies on the changes in the soil and climate to account for the origin of spines in plants.Lamarck, the Founder of Evolution
Alpheus Spring Packard
Emperor William relies on them in Germany, and the same influences are very busy taking care of Ireland.The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 11 (of 12)
Robert G. Ingersoll
He relies on the prudence of Congress in relation to the measures necessary to ensure success in this matter.
He relies for work upon the ventures of confident and contented capital.Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents
verb -lies, -lying or -lied (intr ; foll by on or upon)
Word Origin for rely
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.