Definition of “rely on/upon sb/sth” - English Dictionary


“rely on/upon sb/sth” in English

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rely on/upon sb/sth

phrasal verb with rely uk /rɪˈlaɪ/ us /rɪˈlaɪ/ verb

B2 to need a particular thing or the help and support of someone or something in order to continue, to work correctly, or to succeed:

[ + -ing verb ] The success of this project relies on everyone making an effort.
I rely on you for good advice.
[ + to infinitive ] I'm relying on the garage to fix the car by tomorrow.

B2 to trust someone or something or to expect him, her, or it to behave in a particular way:

British weather can never be relied on - it's always changing.
[ + -ing verb ] Don't rely on finding me here when you get back (= I might have gone).

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(Definition of “rely on/upon sb/sth” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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