To rely is to have confidence in something. You might rely on staying in bed to make you feel better and rely on your friends to tell you everything you missed when you were sick.

Rely is a lot like the word depend. If you rely on someone for help, you also depend on her. But rely is even more powerful! When you rely on someone, you have total faith and trust that she will come through. It comes from the Latin word religare which means "to fasten or bind." You're bound to the people you rely on!

Definitions of rely
  1. verb
    have confidence or faith in
    Rely on your friends”
    synonyms: bank, swear, trust
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    disbelieve, distrust, mistrust, suspect
    regard as untrustworthy; regard with suspicion; have no faith or confidence in
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    have trust in; trust in the truth or veracity of
    rely on for support
    bet, calculate, count, depend, look, reckon
    have faith or confidence in
    credit with veracity
    type of:
    accept as true; take to be true
  2. verb
    rely on for support
    synonyms: lean
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    type of:
    bank, swear, trust
    have confidence or faith in
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