Rely - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |rɪˈlaɪ|  American pronunciation of the word rely
Brit.  |rɪˈlʌɪ|  British pronunciation of the word rely


- have faith or confidence in (syn: bank, bet, calculate, count, depend, look, reckon, swear)


...rigorously tested the rope before starting out, for the rock climbers would be relying on it with their very lives...

The town relies on the seasonal tourist industry for jobs.

She gave a reluctant smile.

He was reluctant to talk about it.

Reluctantly, he agreed.

For decorating, they rely on her discerning eye.

It would be a mistake to assume that we can rely on their help.

advertisers who rely on cheesecake to sell products would not want to have to rely on that featherbrain in an emergency...

She can't rely on her feckless son.

...alternative medical treatments that rely on the practitioner's ability to detect a patient's aura...

He can rely on this party not to featherbed the farmers.

We rely on new sources of energy to meet demand.

I could always rely on Gary for friendship and support.

Many of the villagers rely on fishing as their primary source of income.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: rely
he/she/it: relies
present participle: relying
past tense: relied
past participle: relied
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