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
depend, count, bank, place reliance, bargain, plan, reckon; anticipate, expect, pin one's hopes on, hope for, take for granted, take on trust, trust; be confident of, have (every) confidence in, be sure of, believe in, have faith in, pin one's faith on, trust in, cling to, swear byNorth American • informal figure on
- 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
- 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'.