rely on/upon

rely on/upon
rely on/upon [phrasal verb]
1 rely on/upon (someone or something)
1 a : to need (someone or something) for support, help, etc. : to depend on (someone or something)

My mother relied on me for financial support.

They rely on a well for all their water.

She relies on her sister to drive her to school.

He no longer relies upon his parents for money.

1 b : to trust or believe (someone or something)

She's someone you can rely on.

You can rely on him to do it right.

I relied heavily upon your advice.

You could always rely on [=count on] him to disagree. [=you could always be sure that he would disagree]

2 rely on/upon (something) : to expect (something) with confidence : to be certain that (something) will happen or exist

The economy may improve next year, but it's not something you can rely on.

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Main Entry:rely

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