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14 / 09 / 2005

RELY ON: meaning and examples

Good morning. Today's expression is: To rely on something or someone (pronunciation --> ri-LAI, rhymes with eye) It means: to need someone or something in order to be successful, to finish a job, or to resolve a problem etc. The meaning is similar to the verb depend on. It also means: to trust someone or something Example 1 I rely on my secretary to organize my day, filter my telephone calls, and many other things. Without her, I'd be lost! Example 2 Can I rely on you to post this letter this afternoon? If not, please let me know and I'll do it myself tomorrow morning. Tomorrow we will look at the adjective form of rely. If you have any questions about today's word, please contact us. Have a great day.


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