Rely definition

rĭ-lī
To have confidence; trust.

You can rely on their willingness to help.

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To place or have faith or confidence.

Relied on them to tell him the truth.

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To rely is defined as to have trust, or to depend on someone or something.

An example of to rely is depending on a bus to show up on time.

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To rest with confidence, as when fully satisfied of the veracity, integrity, or ability of persons, or of the certainty of facts or of evidence; to have confidence; to trust; to depend; "” with on, formerly also with in.
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To be dependent for support, help, or supply.

Relies on her parents for tuition.

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To look to for support or aid; depend.
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Origin of rely

  • Middle English relien to rally from Old French relier from Latin religāre to bind fast re- re- ligāre to bind leig- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French relier (“fasten, attach, rally, oblige"), from Latin religo (“fasten, bind fast"), from re- + ligo.

    From Wiktionary