rely

verb re·ly \ ri-ˈlī \
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

Definition of rely

relied; relying
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

relier

play \ri-ˈlī(-ə)r\ noun

Examples of rely in a Sentence

  1. rigorously tested the rope before starting out, for the rock climbers would be relying on it with their very lives

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Origin and Etymology of 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

rely Synonyms

Synonyms
calculate, count, lean, reckon, depend
Related Words
commit, confide, entrust (also intrust), trust
Near Antonyms
distrust, mistrust, question, suspect


RELY Defined for Kids

rely

verb re·ly \ ri-ˈlī \

Definition of rely for Students

relied; relying
: to trust in or depend on
  • I rely on my family to help me out.

Law Dictionary

rely

intransitive verb re·ly

legal Definition of rely

relied; relying
: to depend with confidence : place faith


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