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rely verb PHRASAL VERBS rely on/upon sb/sth

1 need sb/sth

ADV. heavily, a lot, strongly countries that rely heavily on food aid | entirely, exclusively, solely | increasingly | largely, mainly | traditionally

VERB + RELY be forced to, have to, must people who are forced to rely on public transport | tend to

PREP. for They relied entirely on these few weapons for their defence.

2 trust sb/sth

ADV. safely You can safely rely on his judgement. | simply Most historians simply rely on archives.

VERB + RELY can/could | can/could always | can/could no longer The party could no longer rely on its traditional supporters.

PREP. for I couldn't rely on John for information.