• WordNet 3.6
    • v rely 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: About 30% of Canadians rely on getting their water from the ground for their domestic use
    • v. i Rely 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. "Go in thy native innocence; rely On what thou hast of virtue.""On some fond breast the parting soul relies ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Before soccer referees started using whistles in 1878, they used to rely on waving a handkerchief
    • rely To fasten; fix; attach.
    • rely To bring together again; assemble again; rally.
    • rely To polish.
    • rely To attach one's faith to a person or thing; fix one's confidence; rest with confidence, as upon the veracity, integrity, or ability of another, or upon the certainty of facts or of evidence; have confidence; trust; depend: used with on or upon, formerly also with in and to. Compare reliable.
    • rely To assemble again; rally.
    • rely To rest, in a physical sense; recline; lean.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Rely rē-lī′ to rest or repose: to have full confidence in: to lean
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  • Marshall Mcluhan
    “Art at its most significant is a distant early warning system that can always be relied on to tell the old culture what is beginning to happen.”
  • John F. Kennedy
    “The unity of freedom has never relied on uniformity of opinion.”
  • Epictetus
    “Neither should a ship rely on one small anchor, nor should life rest on a single hope.”
  • Source Unknown
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    “It is important to rely on your imagination for your sense of humor and your memory for your truths. Not the other way around.”
  • Walt Whitman
    “The beauty of independence, departure, actions that rely on themselves.”
  • Napoleon Hill
    “There is always room for those who can be relied upon to delivery the goods when they say they will.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. re-, + lie, to rest
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Acc. to Skeat, compounded from re-, back, and lie, to rest. Others explain as O. Fr. relier—L. religāre, to bind back.


In literature:

If personal appearance was to be relied upon, Miss MacDowlas was not a promising subject for diplomatic beguiling.
"Vagabondia" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Mill's very reason for relying upon this argument is precisely that the facts contradict it.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume II (of 3)" by Leslie Stephen
Write to me as often as you can, like a dear good fellow, and rely upon the punctuality of my correspondence.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
You and it will travel thither in company, rely upon it.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
I rely on your goodness for the proper allowances.
"Washington and the American Republic, Vol. 3." by Benson J. Lossing
We can't rely on these judges.
"The Son of Monte Christo" by Jules Lermina
After taking all the counsel that may be offered, you must at last, in a great measure, rely on your own judgment.
"The Ladies Book of Useful Information" by Anonymous
You may rely on my best endeavors to render my drafts as little inconvenient to you as possible.
"The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution, Vol. VIII" by Various
I rely on you absolutely.
"Colorado Jim" by George Goodchild
She had foreseen that Droop would take only a mercenary view of the matter and had relied upon the X-ray to provide him with a motive.
"The Panchronicon" by Harold Steele Mackaye

In poetry:

Another came in sight
That on a stick relied
To hold himself upright;
I sat and cried.
"Girl's Song" by William Butler Yeats
Sir, relying on you then,
I will give you ample wealth,
If you can restore his health.
"The Purgatory Of St. Patrick - Act II" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Then let the king on God alone
For timely aid rely;
His mercy shall support the throne,
And all our wants supply.
"Psalm 21" by Isaac Watts
And when the summons comes from Thee,
While I on Christ rely,
Thou wilt not be ashamed of me,
Nor I ashamed to die.
""Ashamed But Not Afraid"" by Joseph Horatio Chant
How could I hear, without relying,
Thy lute's wild melody,
Though false as Echo's voice replying
To some lone wand'rer's cry—
Unworthy as the scentless flower,
Whose beauty is its only dower?
"To a False Friend" by Louisa Stuart Costello
While on my Saviour I rely,
I know my foes shall loose their aim;
And therefore dare their pow'r defy,
Assured of conquest through his name:
But soon my confidence is slain,
And all my fears return again.
"The Inward Warfare" by John Newton

In news:

Instead, the New York-based machinist relies on his imagination.
In order to run effectively, public and independent schools worldwide rely heavily on donations and on parents, grandparents and community members' volunteering.
See a large number of patients who rely on Medicaid.
Agencies currently rely on contractors to self-police and report human trafficking activity to contracting officers.
This demonstration relied on eMBMS technology, which allows LTE network infrastructure to be used for the delivery of broadcast services like TV.
To spur growth, CEO Leon Richardson is steering ChemicoMays from relying mainly on the auto industry.
These days, so many rely on tablets and smartphones for everything from entertainment to communication.
Nearly 1 million apartment dwellers rely on doormen and other building workers to make life in a high-rise run smoothly.
As a PGA professional on the island of Maui, I still rely on different techniques to cheat the breeze and set up more scoring opportunities.
If making the sale requires you to get through the door to see the top dog, you'd better not rely on casually dropping in.
The DEA shot an alleged drug runner in Honduras – the second since June – but if you rely on Honduran media, you may not have known that, writes a guest blogger.
Rely on the past in order to make the right decision in the present.
Recently I went to Annapolis to watch Maryland Gov Martin O'Malley lead a session of StateStat, his performance-management program that relies heavily on measurement of outcomes.
And we've relied on the reporting of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution to inform our opinion.
We hope that you've relied on us, too, and that you feel well prepared for your decision, whatever it is.

In science:

Both mechanisms of spontaneous chiral symmetry breaking rely on the repulsion of eigenvalues in interacting systems.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
What is more important, however, is that in the derivation of the sum rules we have relied only on the chiral symmetry of the partition function and its spontaneous breaking by the formation of a chiral condensate.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
This development freed theorists from relying in their calculations on gravitational energy.
How the sun shines
Existing CAD/CAM techniques (including BendCad and PART-S) rely on worst-case exponential-time state space searches (using the A∗ algorithm).
When Can You Fold a Map?
It seems to be important therefore to know exactly what are the properties of a noncommutative YM theory we can rely on.
Renormalization of noncommutative U(N) gauge theories