[ ri-lahy ]
See synonyms for: relyrelying on

verb (used without object),re·lied, re·ly·ing.
  1. to depend confidently; put trust in (usually followed by on or upon): You can rely on her work.

Origin of rely

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English relien, from Middle French relier, from Latin religāre “to bind fast, hold firmly”; see re-, ligament

Other words for rely

Other words from rely

  • mis·re·ly, verb (used without object), mis·re·lied, mis·re·ly·ing. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use rely in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for rely


/ (rɪˈlaɪ) /

verb-lies, -lying or -lied (intr ; foll by on or upon)
  1. to be dependent (on): he relies on his charm

  2. to have trust or confidence (in): you can rely on us

Origin of 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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