verb (relies, relying, relied)[no object] (rely on/upon)
- 1Depend on with full trust or confidence: I know I can rely on your discretionMore example sentences
- This is a situation where an ally, the United States, can rely upon us, can trust upon us.
- As members of a society, we cope with these complexities and uncertainties by relying on trust.
- It is impossible to grasp them in full by relying on a single, specific example.
- 1.1Be dependent on: the charity has to rely entirely on public donationsMore example sentences
be dependent on, depend on, be unable to manage without
- You would think we would not have to rely upon public assistance to make ends meet.
- The charity relies upon voluntary support to provide the majority of their annual costs and support like this is very important to them.
- The charity relies on donations to provide its services free to clients.
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'.