re·​li·​ant | \ ri-ˈlī-ənt How to pronounce reliant (audio) \

Definition of reliant

: having reliance on something or someone : dependent

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Other Words from reliant

reliantly adverb

Examples of reliant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many hotels reliant on events such as conferences and conventions remain closed or are operating with smaller-than-usual staffs as business travel continues to trail the vacation business. David Lyons,, "Florida’s unemployment rate eases to 4.7%, but high joblessness still nags Broward and Miami-Dade," 26 Mar. 2021 Why is the United States so reliant on police officers for basic social services? Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Obscure Supreme Court Case That Could Radically Redefine Police Powers," 26 Mar. 2021 Talk of an export ban last week brought pleas for cooperation from Britain, which is partly reliant on vaccine supplies from Europe. NBC News, "How Europe's vaccine wars could hinder the fight against Covid variants," 25 Mar. 2021 According to Smyth, the pandemic reminded the world that we're all interconnected and reliant on each other. Whitney Perry, Glamour, "How to Save Money Every Single Day (Without Even Realizing It)," 25 Mar. 2021 Crispr, a technology reliant on sequencing, gives scientists the potential to repair disease-causing mutations in our genomes. New York Times, "A DNA Sequencing Revolution Helped Us Fight Covid. What Else Can It Do?," 25 Mar. 2021 Washington is also the city of the permanent political class — a place of tremendous wealth that is largely reliant on American taxpayers. The Editors, National Review, "D.C. Statehood Is an Idea Whose Time Should Never Come," 23 Mar. 2021 Keeping that in mind, some fans have already started sharing their wishlist for the impending season, all reliant on which suitor Elizabeth picks in the coming weeks. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Will 'When Calls the Heart' Be Renewed for Season 9? Fans Want to Know," 22 Mar. 2021 Buildings, too, remain a fossil-intensive sector, with a majority reliant on gas for heating. Tim Mcdonnell, Quartz, "The UK’s pathway to net zero carbon emissions is about to get harder," 20 Mar. 2021

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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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30 Mar 2021

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“Reliant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of reliant

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

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