An example of to rely is depending on a bus to show up on time.
- to have confidence; trust: you can rely on their willingness to help
- to look to for support or aid; depend
Origin of relyMiddle English relien, to rally ; from Old French relier ; from Classical Latin religare: see religion
intransitive verbre·lied, re·ly·ing, re·lies
- To be dependent for support, help, or supply: relies on her parents for tuition.
- To place or have faith or confidence: relied on them to tell him the truth.
Origin of relyMiddle English relien, to rally, from Old French relier, from Latin religare, to bind fast : re-, re- + ligare, to bind; see leig- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present relies, present participle relying, simple past and past participle relied)