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

v have confidence or faith in

Rely on your friends”
bank, swear, trust
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

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