rely

verb
re·​ly | \ ri-ˈlī How to pronounce rely (audio) \
relied; relying

Definition of rely

intransitive verb

1 : to be dependent the system on which we rely for water
2 : to have confidence based on experience someone you can rely on

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Other Words from rely

relier \ ri-​ˈlī(-​ə)r How to pronounce rely (audio) \ noun

Examples of rely in a Sentence

rigorously tested the rope before starting out, for the rock climbers would be relying on it with their very lives
Recent Examples on the Web Much like Chez Panisse, a pioneer in the Slow Food movement, this restaurant too will rely on seasonal produce. Tanay Warerkar, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 June 2021 As a result, building a successful enterprise data architecture won’t rely on a single vendor anymore. Bruno Aziza, Forbes, 3 June 2021 Others, like the Aviation Safety Reporting System operated by NASA, rely on a culture of confidential reporting from maintenance staff and others. Tom Simonite, Wired, 3 June 2021 More than two years after construction on the Airport Transit System was supposed to be substantially complete, passengers still must rely on shuttle buses to get between terminals and to and from parking lots. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, 1 June 2021 Their government would rely on the support of a small Arab Islamist party, Raam, to give it the 61 seats needed to control the 120-seat parliament. BostonGlobe.com, 31 May 2021 Their government would rely on the support of a small Arab Islamist party, Raam, to give it the 61 seats needed to control the 120-seat Parliament. New York Times, 30 May 2021 Various life forms could rely on characteristic combinations of methods. Jennifer Frazer, Scientific American, 28 May 2021 But at the time, tech companies didn’t rely on policing algorithms, rather humans making decisions. Washington Post, 28 May 2021

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First Known Use of rely

1574, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rely

Middle English relien to rally, from Anglo-French relier to retie, gather, rally, from Latin religare to tie out of the way, from re- + ligare to tie — more at ligature

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7 Jun 2021

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“Rely.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rely. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for rely

rely

verb
re·​ly | \ ri-ˈlī How to pronounce rely (audio) \
relied; relying

Kids Definition of rely

: to trust in or depend on I rely on my family to help me out.
re·​ly
relied; relying

Legal Definition of rely

: to depend with confidence : place faith

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