intr.v. re·lied, re·ly·ing, re·lies
1. To be dependent for support, help, or supply: relies on her parents for tuition.
2. To place or have faith or confidence: relied on them to tell him the truth.
[Middle English relien, to rally, from Old French relier, from Latin religāre, to bind fast : re-, re- + ligāre, to bind; see leig- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
Synonyms: rely, depend, trust
These verbs share the meaning to place or have faith or confidence in someone or something: He relies on his parents for support. Our theater group depends on volunteers to act as ushers. I trust my sister's advice.
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