reliable Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo

Meaning of “reliable” in the English Dictionary

"reliable" in British English

See all translations

reliableadjective

uk   us   /rɪˈlaɪə.bl̩/
B1 Someone or something that is reliable can be ​trusted or ​believed because he, she, or it ​works or ​behaves well in the way you ​expect: Is ​yourwatch reliable? reliable ​information Gideon is very reliable - if he says he'll do something, he'll do it.
Opposite

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

reliability
noun [U] uk   /rɪˌlaɪəˈbɪl.ɪ.ti/  us   /-ə.t̬i/
C1 Rolls-Roycecars are ​famous for ​theirquality and reliability.
reliably
adverb uk   us   /-bli/
I am reliably informed that you have been ​talking about ​resigning from the ​company.
(Definition of reliable from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"reliable" in American English

See all translations

reliableadjective

 us   /rɪˈlɑɪ·ə·bəl/
deservingtrust; ​dependable: My ​car is ​old but it’s reliable.
reliability
noun [U]  us   /rɪˌlɑɪ·əˈbɪl·ɪ·t̬i/
The reliability of this ​smokedetector is ​guaranteed.
reliably
adverb  us   /rɪˈlɑɪ·ə·bli/
His ​whereabouts were ​unknown, but he was reliably ​reported to be ​alive.
(Definition of reliable from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"reliable" in Business English

See all translations

reliableadjective

uk   us   /rɪˈlaɪəbl/
reliable ​information or ​data is ​accurate or able to be ​trusted: Broker-dealers must use their ​judgment in ​assessing whether the issuer ​information is from a reliable ​source.reliable information/data/evidence Currently, ​investors do not always have ​access to reliable ​information when they need it.reliable figures/estimates/indicators The Consumer Price Index is a reasonably reliable ​indicator of ​inflation.more/less reliable Research ​results are more reliable when they are ​independent of the ​person who has ​conducted the ​study.
a ​machine, ​piece of ​equipment, or ​system that is reliable always ​works well without ​breaking down: Consumer ​demand for ​fuel-efficient, reliable ​vehicles is on the ​increase. People are often ​willing to ​pay a ​premium for a familiar, reliable ​service. While these ​disksfunction well as ​backupstorage, they aren't reliable enough for ​long-termarchiving.more/less/the least, etc. reliable The hard ​disk on which ​data is ​stored is probably the least reliable ​component in a PC.
a reliable ​person is someone that you can ​trust to ​work hard and do what they say they will do: Employers want reliable ​workers. She's usually very reliable.
reliably
adverb /rɪˈlaɪəbli/
At this ​stage, ​long-termcosts cannot be reliably ​estimated.
(Definition of reliable from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of reliable?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“reliable” in British English

“reliable” in American English

“reliable” in Business English

Word of the Day

costume

the set of clothes typical of a particular country or period of history, or suitable for a particular activity

Word of the Day

I used to work hard/I’m used to working hard (Phrases with ‘used to’)
I used to work hard/I’m used to working hard (Phrases with ‘used to’)
by Kate Woodford,
February 10, 2016
On this blog, we like to look at words and phrases in the English language that learners often have difficulty with. Two phrases that can be confused are ‘used to do something’ and ‘be used to something/doing something’. People often use one phrase when they mean the other, or they use the wrong

Read More 

farecasting noun
farecasting noun
February 08, 2016
predicting the optimum date to buy a plane ticket, especially on a website or using an app A handful of new and updated websites and apps are trying to perfect the art of what’s known as farecasting – predicting the best date to buy a ticket.

Read More