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American English: /rəˈlaɪ/
British English: /rɪˈlʌɪ/

intransitive verb relies, relying, relied

  • 1 (trust, have confidence)to rely on somebody/something
    confiar en alguien/algo
    quality you can rely on
    calidad en la que usted puede confiar
    I wouldn't rely on him
    yo no confiaría en él
    yo no me fiaría de él
    you can't rely on the weather/buses
    no puedes fiarte del tiempo/de los autobuses
    to rely on somebody to + infinitivecan we rely on him to keep his mouth shut?
    ¿podemos confiar en que no va a decir nada or en que no diga nada?
    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.
  • 2 (be dependent)to rely on something
    basarse en algo
    to rely on somebody/something for somethingwe rely on the spring for our water
    dependemos del manantial para el suministro de agua
    never rely on him for help
    nunca cuentes con que él te va a ayudar
    to rely on somebody/something to + infinitiveI was relying on you to lend me the money/on the device to work
    contaba con que tú me prestarías el dinero/con que el dispositivo funcionaría
    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.
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