verb re·ply \ri-ˈplī\

: to say, write, or do something as an answer or response


Full Definition of REPLY

intransitive verb
a :  to respond in words or writing
b :  echo, resound
c :  to make a legal replication
:  to do something in response; specifically :  to return gunfire or an attack
transitive verb
:  to give as an answer
re·pli·er \-ˈplī(-ə)r\ noun

Examples of REPLY

  1. I called out to them, but no one replied.
  2. He didn't reply to her greeting.
  3. The company has replied to the recent protests by posting an ad in the local newspaper.
  4. She replied to the accusation with a stack of documents proving her innocence.
  5. He replied politely that he felt a little better.

Origin of REPLY

Middle English replien to fold back, oppose, respond, from Anglo-French replier, from Latin replicare to fold back, make a legal replication, from re- + plicare to fold — more at ply
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with REPLY

aby, agley, air-dry, Alai, ally, Altai, anti, apply, assai, awry, aye-aye, Bacchae, Baha'i, banzai, barfly, bee fly, Belgae, belie, bigeye, big lie, black eye, blackfly, black tie, blow-dry, blowby, blowfly, blue-sky, Bo Hai, bone-dry, bonsai, botfly, Brunei, buckeye, bugeye, bye-bye, canaille, catchfly, cat's-eye, Chennai, chess pie, Chiang Mai, cockeye, cockshy, come by, comply, cow pie, crane fly, cross-eye, deadeye, decry, deep-fry, deep-sky, deerfly, defy, Delphi, deny, descry, do by, dong quai, drip-dry, drop by, dry eye, dry fly, elhi, Eli, espy, face fly, firefly, fish-eye, flesh fly, flyby, fly high, forby, freeze-dry, frogeye, fruit fly, gadfly, gallfly, get by, GI, glass eye, go by, good-bye, greenfly, grisaille, gun-shy, Haggai, Hawkeye, heel fly, hereby, hi-fi, hog-tie, horn fly, horsefly, housefly, imply, jai alai, July, Karzai, Kasai, knee-high, lanai, Lanai, lay-by, lay by, Lehigh, let fly, Levi, lie by, magpie, mai tai, mao-tai, Masai, mayfly, medfly, mind's eye, Moirai, mooneye, Mumbai, my eye, nearby, necktie, nilgai, nisi, outbye, outcry, oxeye, pad thai, Panay, panfry, Parcae, piece-dye, pigsty, pinkeye, Po Hai, pop eye, pop fly, potpie, put by, Qinghai, quasi, rabbi, red-eye, rely, rib eye, ride high, rocaille, rough-dry, run dry, Sakai, sand fly, sci-fi, screw eye, semi, Sendai, serai, set by, shanghai, Shanghai, sheep's eye, shoofly, shut-eye, Sinai, sky-high, small-fry, stand by, standby, stir-fry, string tie, supply, swear by, terai, test-fly, thereby, tie-dye, titi, tongue-tie, Transkei, twist tie, two-ply, untie, vat dye, Versailles, walleye, well-nigh, whereby, whitefly, wild rye, wise guy



: something said, written, or done as an answer or response

plural replies

Full Definition of REPLY

:  something said, written, or done in answer or response
:  replication 1b(2)

Examples of REPLY

  1. A timely reply will be appreciated.
  2. The invitations have been sent, but we haven't received any replies yet.
  3. I asked her what was wrong. In reply, she handed me a letter.
  4. He wrote a brief note in reply to her letter.

First Known Use of REPLY


Related to REPLY


Next Word in the Dictionary: reply briefPrevious Word in the Dictionary: replumeAll Words Near: reply
May 30, 2015
metadata Hear it
data about other data
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears