re·​li·​ant | \ ri-ˈlī-ənt \

Definition of reliant

: having reliance on something or someone : dependent

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Other Words from reliant

reliantly adverb

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Big Four’’ circuits and is more reliant on gate revenue. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "How much money can Seattle NHL fans expect to pay for tickets? More than in most other sports," 5 Dec. 2018 As the world is becoming increasingly reliant on tech, companies across all industries grow dependent on digital infrastructure, which in turn results in an abundance of job opportunities for coders. Popular Mechanics Shop Team, Popular Mechanics, "Kickstart a Career in Programming for Only $39," 2 Oct. 2018 But his governing party saw its parliamentary majority slip, leaving him reliant on the support of a small nationalist party. Washington Post, "What’s next for Turkey after vote grants Erdogan vast powers," 25 June 2018 The environment of Alaska's famed arctic tundra, including various grasses, berries and flowers, are reliant on permafrost. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Melting Permafrost Poses a Huge Danger to Artic Infrastructure," 11 Dec. 2018 Firstly, China is more reliant on trade, so any damage to trade will hurt the Chinese economy more. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "Trading on Uncertainty About Tariffs," 4 Dec. 2018 Of course, those new technologies were reliant on government funds, in a lot of ways, that are just now written out of that story. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: ‘Temp’ author Louis Hyman on Recode Decode," 29 Aug. 2018 So often reliant on home runs to score, the Brewers produced only one – a leadoff shot to center by Manny Piña in the bottom of the fifth – but strung together some tough at-bats with the game on the line. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Given a chance to provide production at shortstop, Brad Miller has made impact for Brewers," 3 July 2018 Not that England is reliant on Kane, who couldn't find the net at the 2016 European Championship. CBS News, "England advances to World Cup knockout round with resounding 6-1 win over Panama," 24 June 2018

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First Known Use of reliant

1849, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of reliant was in 1849

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English Language Learners Definition of reliant

: needing someone or something for help, support, etc.

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