intransitive verb (relied; relying) Etymology: Middle English relien to rally, from Anglo-French relier to retie, gather, rally, from Latin religare to tie out of the way, from re- + ligare to tie — more at ligature Date: 1574 1. to be dependent <
the system on which we rely for water
2. to have confidence based on experience <
someone you can rely on
relier noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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