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Princeton's WordNet

  1. trust, swear, rely, bankverb

    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"


  1. relyverb

    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. Etymology: From relier, from religo, from re- + ligo.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To RELYverb

    To lean upon with confidence; to put trust in; to rest upon; to depend upon.

    Etymology: re and lye.

    Go in thy native innocence! rely
    On what thou hast of virtue; summon all!
    For God tow’rds thee hath done his part, do thine. John Milton.

    Egypt does not on the clouds rely,
    But to the Nile owes more than to the sky. Edmund Waller.

    Thus Solon to Pisistratus reply’d,
    Demanded, on what succour he rely’d,
    When with so few he boldly did engage;
    He said, he took his courage from his age. John Denham.

    Though reason is not to be relied upon, as universally sufficient to direct us what to do; yet it is generally to be relied upon and obeyed, where it tells us what we are not to do. South.

    Fear relies upon a natural love of ourselves, and is complicated with a necessary desire of our own preservation. John Tillotson.

    Such variety of arguments only distract the understanding that relies on them. John Locke.

    The pope was become a party in the cause, and could not be relied upon for a decision. Francis Atterbury.

    Do we find so much religion in the age, as to rely on the general practice for the measures of our duty? John Rogers.

    No prince can ever rely on the fidelity of that man, who is a rebel to his Creator. John Rogers.


  1. rely

    To rely means to depend on someone or something for support, help, or to achieve something. It involves having trust or confidence in that person or thing.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Relyverb

    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


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Rely

    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.]

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rely in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rely in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of rely in a Sentence

  1. Steve Vladeck:

    It's usually difficult, if not impossible, to show that your lawyer was ineffective without introducing new evidence, since that ineffectiveness often turns on evidence that wasn't introduced, but today's decision makes it impossible for prisoners to rely upon new evidence to prove that the lawyer representing them in state post-conviction proceedings was ineffective.

  2. Ken Paxton:

    Thanks to the Court of Criminal Appeals’ Stephens v. State decision, Texans will now have to rely on Democrat local officials in blue strongholds to enforce election integrity, we know that will never happen. Not only is the court wrong on the law – in fact, I recently filed a motion for rehearing – but its decision makes it much more likely for the left to steal Texas elections through illegal means.

  3. Serena Williams:

    I feel like I didn't get any free points, it was good, because it's good for me to win matches where I'm not getting too many free points and I have to rely on my groundstrokes.

  4. Eloise Marais:

    We can't in good conscience continue to rely on fossil fuels, when we know that there are such severe effects on health and viable, cleaner alternatives.

  5. Andrew Ceresney:

    Investors rely on credit rating agencies like Standard & Poor's to play it straight when rating complex securities, but Standard & Poor's elevated its own financial interests above investors by loosening its rating criteria to obtain business and then obscuring these changes from investors.

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    call in an official matter, such as to attend court
    A affront
    B summon
    C transpire
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