Definitions for relyrɪˈlaɪ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

re•lyrɪˈlaɪ(v.i.)-lied, -ly•ing.

  1. to depend confidently; put trust in (usu. fol. by on or upon):

    Can I rely on your support?

Origin of rely:

1300–50; ME < MF relier < L religāre to bind fast, hold firmly. See re -, ligament

re•li′er(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. trust, swear, rely, bank(verb)

    have confidence or faith in

    "We can trust in God"; "Rely on your friends"; "bank on your good education"; "I swear by my grandmother's recipes"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. rely(verb)ɪˈlaɪ

    to need or depend on

    We rely on his salary to pay the bills.; Don't rely on someone else for your own happiness.

  2. relyɪˈlaɪ

    to trust sb or sth

    Julia is someone you can rely on to do the job well.

Wiktionary

  1. rely(Verb)

    To rest with confidence, as when fully satisfied of the veracity, integrity, or ability of persons, or of the certainty of facts or of evidence; to have confidence; to trust; to depend; with on, formerly also with in.

  2. Origin: From relier, from religo, from re- + ligo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rely(verb)

    to rest with confidence, as when fully satisfied of the veracity, integrity, or ability of persons, or of the certainty of facts or of evidence; to have confidence; to trust; to depend; -- with on, formerly also with in

Freebase

  1. Rely

    Rely was a brand of superabsorbent tampons made by Procter & Gamble starting in 1975. It was recalled from the market in September 1980 because it was linked to toxic shock syndrome. Following a controversial period of test marketing in Rochester and Fort Wayne, in August 1978 Procter and Gamble introduced superabsorbent Rely tampons to the United States market in response to women's demands for tampons that could absorb more menstrual flow without leaking or replacement. Unlike other tampons, which are made with cotton and rayon, Rely was unique: it used carboxymethylcellulose and compressed beads of polyester for absorption - the company released the new product with claims of having conducted extensive research on its safety. This tampon design could absorb nearly twenty times its own weight in fluid. Further, the tampon would "blossom" into a cup shape in the vagina in order to hold menstrual fluids. Because of this, its advertising slogan was "It even absorbs the worry!", and claimed it could hold up longer than the leading tampon, because it was made differently. "Remember, They named it Rely" was the last line of most commercials. The superabsorbent properties of Rely caused vaginal dryness by absorbing the natural humidity of the vagina. Often this led to ulcerations in the vaginal wall when the tampon was removed, offering pathways for bacteria to infect the bloodstream. Further, the tampons' superabsorbency meant that the viscosity of vaginal fluids was enhanced, providing a good environment for bacteria growth.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'rely' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3594

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'rely' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3853

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'rely' in Verbs Frequency: #376


Translations for rely

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

rely(verb)

to depend on or need

The people on the island relied on the supplies that were brought from the mainland; I am relying on you to help me.

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