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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
1. (to depend on; used with "on" or "upon")
a. contar con
The store relies on you to get here on time.La tienda cuenta contigo para llegar a la hora.
b. depender de
His three children rely upon him completely now that their mother has died.Sus tres hijos dependen de él completamente ahora que su madre ha muerto.
2. (to trust; used with "on" or "upon")
a. confiar en
You can rely on her to tell you the truth.Puedes confiar en ella para decirte la verdad.
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A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (count on)
a. contar con
I'm relying on you to do itcuento con que vas a hacerlo
2. (be dependent on)
a. depender de
rely [rɪˈlaɪ]
intransitive verb
to rely (up)on sth/sb (depend on) depender de algo/algn; (count on) contar con algo/algn; (trust) confiar en algo/algn; fiarse de algo/algn; he had gradually come to rely on her había llegado poco a poco a depender de ella; can we rely on your help? ¿podemos contar con tu ayuda?; she'll come, you can rely upon it vendrá, con eso puedes contar; vendrá, cuenta con ello; you can't rely on the trains/the weather no se puede uno fiar de los trenes/del tiempo
she is not to be relied upon I'll just have to rely upon your recommendation they made it clear to the Prime Minister that he could not rely on their support they made little use of missiles, but relied upon tanks farmers who rely primarily on one source of water they relied heavily on the advice of their professional advisers
to rely (up)on sth/sb for sth depender de algo/algn para algo; the island relies on tourism for its income la isla depende del turismo como fuente de ingresos
you mustn't rely on other people for everything Japan relies on oil imports for most of its energy needs the Association relies on member subscriptions for most of its income
to rely (up)on sth/sb to do sth: we are relying on you to do it contamos con usted para hacerlo; you can rely on him to be late puedes tener por seguro or ten por seguro que va a llegar tarde; can I rely on you to behave? ¿puedo confiar en que te vas a comportar?; ¿puedo fiarme de que te vas a comportar?
one could always rely on him to be polite and do the right thing I know I can rely on you to sort it out the government is relying solely on consumer spending to end the recession to rely on sb/sth [doing] sth we can't rely on him [keeping] quiet can we rely upon her retiring before the election?
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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