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verb re·ply \ri-ˈplī\

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

re·pliedre·ply·ing

Full Definition of REPLY

intransitive verb
1
a :  to respond in words or writing
b :  echo, resound
c :  to make a legal replication
2
:  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

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noun

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

plural replies

Full Definition of REPLY

1
:  something said, written, or done in answer or response
2
:  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

1560

Synonym Discussion of REPLY

answer, response, reply, rejoinder, retort mean something spoken, written, or done in return. answer implies the satisfying of a question, demand, call, or need <had answers to all their questions>. response may imply a quick or spontaneous reaction to a person or thing that serves as a stimulus <a response to the call for recruits>. reply often suggests a thorough response to all issues, points, or questions raised <a point-by-point reply to the accusation>. rejoinder can be a response to a reply or to an objection <a salesman with a quick rejoinder to every argument>. retort implies a reaction to an implicit or explicit charge, criticism, or attack which contains a countercharge or counterattack <she made a cutting retort to her critics>.
REPLY Defined for Kids

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verb re·ply \ri-ˈplī\
re·pliedre·ply·ing

Definition of REPLY for Kids

:  to say or do in answer :  respond

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noun
plural re·plies

Definition of REPLY for Kids

:  something said, written, or done in answer <I'm waiting for a reply to my request.>

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