re·​li·​ance | \ ri-ˈlī-ən(t)s How to pronounce reliance (audio) \

Definition of reliance

1 : the act of relying : the state of being reliant
2 : something or someone relied on

Examples of reliance in a Sentence

he's been the family's foremost reliance in times of trouble many times a baby's reliance on her parents
Recent Examples on the Web As the reliance on technology systems grew, so did specialization. John Arsneault, Forbes, 4 Aug. 2022 Biden is trying to reduce the U.S. reliance on fossil fuels. Josh Boak, ajc, 3 Aug. 2022 The reliance on uncrewed warships to fill gaps in capabilities could backfire if the tech fails to work as advertised. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 28 July 2022 Downton Abbey, Reign, and, yes, Game Of Thrones), in a world that’s complete fantasy, the reliance on this trope just feels lazy. Katherine Singh,, 28 July 2022 The reliance on the screen also means Rivian's interior designers didn't have the challenge of having to incorporate knobs and switches, or trouble themselves over their appearance and feel. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, 6 July 2022 The plan has faced opposition, partly because of the reliance on the federal funds, which are from the American Rescue Plan Act. Mike Cason |, al, 30 June 2022 As Kyle Lowry gets up in years, the reliance on Vincent or another backup point guard only figures to increase. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 1 June 2022 One of the reasons for the different reliance on renewables is that about half of the models start doing carbon capture on the remaining natural gas plants. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 26 May 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'reliance.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of reliance

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Learn More About reliance

Time Traveler for reliance

Time Traveler

The first known use of reliance was in 1606

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near reliance




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for reliance

Last Updated

8 Aug 2022

Cite this Entry

“Reliance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for reliance


re·​li·​ance | \ ri-ˈlī-əns How to pronounce reliance (audio) \

Kids Definition of reliance

: the act or state of depending on someone or something The nation's reliance on petroleum is growing.


re·​li·​ance | \ ri-ˈlī-əns How to pronounce reliance (audio) \

Legal Definition of reliance

1 : the act of relying reliance on a promise
2 : reliance interest at interest 1

More from Merriam-Webster on reliance

Nglish: Translation of reliance for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of reliance for Arabic Speakers Encyclopedia article about reliance


Test Your Vocabulary

The Great British Vocabulary Quiz

  • union jack speech bubble
  • Named after Sir Robert Peel, what are British police called?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!