- 1to depend on with full trust or confidence
- 2to have confidence based on experience
Using rely: Examples
Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "rely" can be used in various situations through the following examples!
I rely on my alarm clock to wake me up every morning.
We can rely on her to get the job done.
You can rely on him to keep a secret.
I don't rely on public transportation because it's often unreliable.
She relies heavily on her assistant to manage her schedule.
rely Synonyms and Antonyms
Phrases with rely
to depend on someone or something for a particular thing
I rely on my car to get to work every day.
to trust or depend on someone or something to do something
I rely on my team to complete the project on time.
We cannot rely on the weather forecast to be accurate.
Origins of rely
from Old French 'relier', meaning 'to fasten'
Summary: rely in Brief
The verb 'rely' [riˈlʌɪ] means to depend on with full trust or confidence, or to have confidence based on experience. It is often used in phrases like 'rely on/upon someone/something for something,' and 'cannot rely on/upon someone/something.' Examples include 'We can rely on her to get the job done,' and 'I don't rely on public transportation because it's often unreliable.'