rely

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From Old French relier (fasten, attach, rally, oblige), from Latin religo (fasten, bind fast), from re- + ligo.

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rely (third-person singular simple present relies, present participle relying, simple past and past participle relied)

  1. (with on or upon, formerly also with in) 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.
    • 2012 May 26 2012, Phil McNulty, “Norway 0-1 England”, BBC Sport:
      Hodgson also has Wayne Rooney to call on once he has served a two-match suspension at the start of the tournament - and it is abundantly clear England will rely as heavily as ever on his ability to shape the outcome of important games.
    • 2013 June 1, “Ideas coming down the track”, The Economist, volume 407, number 8838, page 13 (Technology Quarterly): 
      A “moving platform” scheme [] is more technologically ambitious than maglev trains even though it relies on conventional rails. Local trains would use side-by-side rails to roll alongside intercity trains and allow passengers to switch trains by stepping through docking bays.

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