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verb rely pronunciation in American English /rɪˈlaɪ/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlerelying
past tenserelied
past participlerelied
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phrasal verb

rely on

Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyrely on
he/she/itrelies on
present participlerelying on
past tenserelied on
past participlerelied on
  1. 1
    rely on someone/something to trust someone or something to do something for you
    My brother can help. At least we can rely on him.
    Sometimes you just have to rely on your own judgment.
    rely on someone/something to do something: Can we rely on him to support us?
  2. 2
    rely on something to need something in order to continue living, existing, or operating
    an industry that relies heavily on government contracts
    rely on something to do something: The museum relies on voluntary donations to stay open.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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