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Definition of rely verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

    

rely

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verb
BrE BrE//rɪˈlaɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈlaɪ//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they rely
BrE BrE//rɪˈlaɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈlaɪ//
 
he / she / it relies
BrE BrE//rɪˈlaɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈlaɪz//
 
past simple relied
BrE BrE//rɪˈlaɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈlaɪd//
 
past participle relied
BrE BrE//rɪˈlaɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈlaɪd//
 
-ing form relying
BrE BrE//rɪˈlaɪɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈlaɪɪŋ//
 
 
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Word Familyrely verbreliable adjective (unreliable)reliably adverbreliability noun (unreliability)reliance noun Word Origin 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’, which led to the sense ‘depend upon with confidence’.Extra examples I couldn’t rely on John for information. I generally rely on instinct when pairing wine and food. Most historians simply rely on archives. The party could no longer rely on its traditional supporters. They relied entirely on these few weapons for their defence. Who can you rely on these days? You can always rely on Holly to say the wrong thing. You can safely rely on his judgement. You can safely rely on the report’s conclusions. countries that rely heavily on food aid people who are forced to rely on public transport/​transportation Phrasal Verbsrely on somebody
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