to depend confidently; put trust in (usually followed by on or upon): You can rely on her work.
- mis·re·ly, verb (used without object), mis·re·lied, mis·re·ly·ing.
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How to use rely in a sentence
Overall, it has a modest amount, as gratins go, and its sauce is more healthfully milk-based instead of relying on cream.This decadent quinoa bake is a clever way to reinvent leftover Thanksgiving vegetables | Ellie Krieger | November 19, 2020 | Washington Post
The company also relies on creativity, which typically required people working together.Amazon update: Second headquarters development and the area’s housing market | Michele Lerner | November 19, 2020 | Washington Post
The company is also buying more products directly from brands, instead of relying on third-party distributors, he said.Shoppers are panic-buying toilet paper. This time, there should be enough to go around. | Laura Reiley, Abha Bhattarai | November 19, 2020 | Washington Post
A follow-up report two years later found that the numbers were worse for the fast-food industry, where more than half — 52 percent — of fast-food workers are in families where one or more family members relies on a public program.Walmart and McDonald’s have the most workers on food stamps and Medicaid, new study shows | Eli Rosenberg | November 18, 2020 | Washington Post
This threatens patients who rely on hospital care from everything from covid-19 to emergencies like heart attacks, strokes, surgeries and trauma.Republicans are starting to embrace COVID precautions after initially resisting | Aric Jenkins | November 17, 2020 | Fortune
Cheney is relying on some thin evidence to tie Hussein to al-Qaida.
Hollywood has developed a habit of relying on what worked best in the past, and 300 was hugely successful.
Rick suggests a Woodbury-esque sneak attack on the hospital and lays out a meticulous strategy relying heavily on timing and luck.The Walking Dead’s ‘Crossed’: The Stage Is Now Set for a Bloody, Deadly Midseason Finale | Melissa Leon | November 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The U.S. is relying more these days on bases outside the country.
Liberia, the epicenter of the epidemic, was relying on just 50 doctors to care for the entire nation before the outbreak occurred.Why New York’s Ebola Case Will Hurt Infected Patients Everywhere | Abby Haglage | October 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Every man will still earn his own living and that of his family as best he can, relying first and foremost upon his own efforts.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
Secret instructions would not affect the rights of a purchaser ignorant of them and relying on customary authority.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
Relying on the Church, it has made the Church a formidable ally; the monks are its support, its acolytes, its spies.Catherine de' Medici | Honore de Balzac
The infidels, relying more on their audacity than on their numbers, perished almost to a man in the assault.The Pilgrim's Shell or Fergan the Quarryman | Eugne Sue
Charley prudently withdrew his friend, relying upon time and reflection to prepare the mind of each for overtures and concessions.Alone | Marion Harland
British Dictionary definitions for rely
to be dependent (on): he relies on his charm
to have trust or confidence (in): you can rely on us
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