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"
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.
Origin: From relier, from religo, from re- + ligo.
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
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
rē-lī′, v.i. to rest or repose: to have full confidence in: to lean:—pa.t. and pa.p. relied′.—n. Relī′er. [Acc. to Skeat, compounded from re-, back, and lie, to rest. Others explain as O. Fr. relier—L. religāre, to bind back.]
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'rely' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3594
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'rely' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3853
Rank popularity for the word 'rely' in Verbs Frequency: #376
The numerical value of rely in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of rely in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Hope for miracles, but don't rely on one.
We can't rely on the loud voices. We can't rely on untested people.
Never rely on the glory of the morning nor the smiles of your mother-in-law.
If we rely only on intervention, we miss the mark, prevention is what we need, and this must be a systemic approach.
Rely only/wholly on God in all things/always. For, he is a rewarder of those that diligently/earnestly rely on him (Hebrews 11 : 6 ; Galatians 6 : 9).
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- atenerse, contar, confiarSpanish
- compter surFrench
- hagyatkozik, bízik, számítHungarian
- basarsi, contare su, fare affidamentoItalian
- 頼る, あてにするJapanese
- rekenen opDutch
- polegać naPolish
- contar comPortuguese
- полагаться, положитьсяRussian
- lita påSwedish
- dựa vào, tin cậyVietnamese
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