rely on/upon

phrasal verb
relied on/upon; relying on/upon; relies on/upon

Definition of rely on/upon

1 : to need (someone or something) for support, help, etc. : to depend on (someone or something) My mother relied on me for financial support. They rely on a well for all their water.
2 : to trust or believe (someone or something) She's someone you can rely on. I relied heavily upon your advice. You could always rely on him to disagree.
3 : to expect (something) with confidence : to be certain that (something) will happen or exist The economy may improve next year, but it's not something you can rely on.

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“Rely on/upon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rely%20on%2Fupon. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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