Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To be dependent for support, help, or supply.
  • intransitive verb To place or have faith or confidence.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To fasten; fix; attach.
  • To bring together again; assemble again; rally.
  • To polish.
  • To attach one's faith to a person or thing; fix one's confidence; rest with confidence, as upon the veracity, integrity, or ability of another, or upon the certainty of facts or of evidence; have confidence; trust; depend: used with on or upon, formerly also with in and to. Compare reliable.
  • To assemble again; rally.
  • To rest, in a physical sense; recline; lean.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb have confidence or faith in

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English relien, to rally, from Old French relier, from Latin religāre, to bind fast : re-, re- + ligāre, to bind; see leig- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

Examples

  • That's great, until it becomes apparent that "rely" is exactly what they are doing.

    It Never Ends

  • I've read a lot about Goldwater, but one of the historians on whom I rely is author Rick Perlstein.

    Taylor Marsh: Sarah Palin's Team Sends Smoke Signal on 2012

  • I've read a lot about Goldwater, but one of the historians on whom I rely is author Rick Perlstein.

    Taylor Marsh: Sarah Palin's Team Sends Smoke Signal on 2012

  • But he neglected to inform the Court of Appeals that the FBI data on which he was asking the court to rely is qualified by an endnote explaining that the data for the years after the gun ban went into effect was not comparable to the data for the years before the gun ban.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » A reliable book about 1877

  • I've read a lot about Goldwater, but one of the historians on whom I rely is author Rick Perlstein.

    Taylor Marsh: Sarah Palin's Team Sends Smoke Signal on 2012

  • The Citadel will also again rely on fellow guards Zach Urbanus, who averaged 10.6 points in 32 starts, and Austin Dahn, who finished at 6.9 points per game, as well as forwards Harrison DuPont, who averaged 6.9 points and 4.1 rebounds, and Bryan Streeter, who finished at 5.0 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.

    Southern Conference

  • If you can't entice Maria or Juana into sorting through the juicy delicious blackberries, strawberries, raspberries and figs, again rely upon your fingers.

    Seeing my Mexico surroundings

  • If you can't entice Maria or Juana into sorting through the juicy delicious blackberries, strawberries, raspberries and figs, again rely upon your fingers.

    Seeing my Mexico surroundings

  • If we simply ditch Hussein, our friends will never again rely upon us.

    The Lesson of Iraq

  • If we simply ditch Hussein, our friends will never again rely upon us.

    The Lesson of Iraq

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