Definition of rely in English:

rely

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1 Depend on with full trust or confidence.

    ‘I know I can rely on your discretion’
    • ‘Yes, I know that it is lovely and thrilling to be relied upon and confided in.’
    • ‘If the government is relying on polls to gauge public support, it will be very confused.’
    • ‘Is it clear to you to what extent you can trust your eyes and to what extent you can rely on them?’
    • ‘It is impossible to grasp them in full by relying on a single, specific example.’
    • ‘The investigating public is concerned to rely upon them as providing a true and fair picture of the financial state of a company in which members of the public might be interested to invest.’
    • ‘And he is confident that his faithful friend can be relied upon to get him there if all other travel plans fail.’
    • ‘The employee would be relying upon certain implied contractual terms such as that of trust and confidence and the duty to provide a safe working environment.’
    • ‘However, in our scenario, the bank simply relies upon Annabel's signature as evidence that she visited an independent advisor.’
    • ‘Banks rely on us being a bit lazy, a bit afraid of change, and a bit ignorant about what is available.’
    • ‘This is a situation where an ally, the United States, can rely upon us, can trust upon us.’
    • ‘As for memoirs, even if there are any, they cannot always be trusted or relied upon.’
    • ‘It had previously relied on other banks to act on its behalf on an agency basis.’
    • ‘Instead, the majority of voters seem to rely on authority figures telling them how they should vote.’
    • ‘His friend did not believe in chances nor did he believe in relying on anyone else.’
    • ‘Of course not, and many campaigners who give their lives to demanding more could be relied on to say so.’
    • ‘As an artist I rely upon the support and patronage of a public audience; I rely upon my words and images being seen as I created them.’
    • ‘As members of a society, we cope with these complexities and uncertainties by relying on trust.’
    • ‘Like other clients, she had relied on their advice and integrity, she trusted them.’
    • ‘Whatever leadership and vision can be found in the private sector cannot be relied upon as genuine, and cannot be trusted.’
    • ‘A fiduciary is someone in a position of trust who is relied upon by a vulnerable person.’
    depend, count, bank, place reliance, bargain, plan, reckon
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    1. 1.1Be dependent on.
      ‘the charity has to rely entirely on public donations’
      • ‘Instead, she should recognize that the body requires more than just food and that the body politic relies upon harmonious social relations for its health.’
      • ‘The charity relies on donations to provide its services free to clients.’
      • ‘The public relies on the watchdog role of the press to be informed about their political leaders.’
      • ‘Even branded goods are sometimes forced to rely on that elasticity of demand to boost flagging sales.’
      • ‘This solution requires cooperation between producers and government, but it also relies upon market forces.’
      • ‘Morocco is dependent on imported fuel for most of its energy needs, and also relies on imports to meet food requirements.’
      • ‘For those people who rely on income support (social assistance), their income support is way too low.’
      • ‘So to single it out is to ignore the fact that today's society demands and relies upon such packaging.’
      • ‘The school still relies heavily on donations from the community to pay the salaries of seven of its 27 teachers.’
      • ‘This furnace differed from the previous one in that it did not rely upon the air surrounding the furnace for the air required by its combustion chamber.’
      • ‘Coherence in language relies in part on basic devices like number agreement.’
      • ‘The few remaining teachers rely solely on donations from various sources for their survival.’
      • ‘They become destitute and homeless, relying on charity for shelter and food.’
      • ‘But crew training should be centrally funded, not relying upon donations from the general public.’
      • ‘There is more than just the pieces you have, the entire game relies upon the manner in which you use those pieces.’
      • ‘The charity relies upon voluntary support to provide the majority of their annual costs and support like this is very important to them.’
      • ‘You would think we would not have to rely upon public assistance to make ends meet.’
      • ‘However, we still rely entirely on the generosity of the public for funding.’
      • ‘The program still relies on volunteers to help publicize and finance the building.’
      • ‘She didn't own a car herself and relied on public transportation and friends to get around town.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French relier bind together from Latin religare, from re- (expressing intensive force) + ligare bind The original sense was gather together later turn to, associate with whence depend upon with confidence.

Pronunciation:

rely

/rəˈlī/