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 religre, to bind fast : re-, re- + ligre, to bind; see leig- in Indo-European roots.]
Synonyms: rely, trust, depend, reckon These verbs share the meaning to place or have faith or confidence in someone or something. Rely implies complete confidence: You are the only woman I can rely on to be interested in her (John Galsworthy). Trust stresses confidence arising from belief that is often based on inconclusive evidence: We must try to trust one another. Stay and cooperate (Jomo Kenyatta). Depend implies confidence in the help or support of another: depends on friends for emotional support. Reckon implies a sense of confident expectancy: He reckons on finding a woman as big a fool as himself (George Meredith).
rely /rla/ v. [T] -lied, -lying, -lies to depend on, count on: I rely on the train to take me to and from work each day.||You can rely on me!