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 The Saints offense was reliant on Smith and running back Alvin Kamara who was also used out wide some, too. Amie Just | Staff Writer,, "Saints' snap counts: A look at the wide receivers, general defensive snaps against Raiders," 22 Sep. 2020 And yet, totally untethering from my device seems impossible, especially when my work and life are reliant on staying connected and so many essential services sync with my phone. Malia Griggs, SELF, "Road Test: I Did a Digital Detox With a $300 ‘Dumb’ Phone," 17 Sep. 2020 Tottenham was reliant on Harry Kane as its attacking outlet, and the England forward managed only two touches in the Everton penalty area. Rob Harris, Star Tribune, "Mourinho woe, Ancelotti joy: Everton opens with win at Spurs," 13 Sep. 2020 Workers will be less reliant on credit for basic needs, which will decrease the real cost of food, clothing and other items. Dallas News, "Aspire United 2030 goals aim for transformative, systemic change across the next decade," 10 Sep. 2020 That's vital for any destination, but especially one so reliant on tourism and its status as a global logistics and transport hub that connects 120 countries on six continents. Audrey Phoon, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Singapore's COVID-19 Response Has Been a Model for Others," 8 Sep. 2020 The Chinese economy is still reliant on foreign investment and Beijing is wary of moves that could scare off multinationals and scuttle its phase-one trade deal with Trump. Jenny Leonard,, "Dollar Dominance Gives U.S. Upper Hand in China Sanctions Fight," 8 Sep. 2020 Western industry experts say that China’s semiconductor companies, while growing, are still reliant on some U.S. technology, including software and manufacturing equipment needed to make chips. Jeanne Whalen, Washington Post, "U.S. considers cutting trade with China’s biggest semiconductor manufacturer," 5 Sep. 2020 Although Chinese tech companies have become formidable forces, people outside China are not so reliant on them yet that people would experience severe disruption. Kislaya Prasad, Fortune, "The Chinese and U.S. Internets are drifting apart. Why that’s bad for the whole world," 21 Aug. 2020

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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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25 Sep 2020

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“Reliant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of reliant

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

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