rely on/upon

phrasal verb

relied on/upon; relying on/upon; relies on/upon
: 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.
: 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.
: 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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

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