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Definition of "rely" []

  • To be dependent for support, help, or supply: relies on her parents for tuition. (verb-intransitive)
  • To place or have faith or confidence: relied on them to tell him the truth. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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