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reply

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verb re·ply \ri-ˈplī\

Definition of reply

replied

replying

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

  3. 2 :  to do something in response; specifically :  to return gunfire or an attack

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to give as an answer

replier

play \-ˈplī(-ə)r\ noun

Examples of reply in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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


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reply

noun re·ply

Definition of reply

plural

replies

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

  2. 2 :  replication 1b(2)

Examples of reply in a sentence

  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.

1560

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 English Language Learners

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reply

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verb re·ply \ri-ˈplī\

Definition of reply for English Language Learners

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


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reply

noun re·ply

Definition of reply for English Language Learners

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


REPLY Defined for Kids

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reply

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verb re·ply \ri-ˈplī\

Definition of reply for Students

replied

replying

  1. :  to say or do in answer :  respond


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reply

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noun re·ply

Definition of reply for Students

plural

replies

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


Law Dictionary

reply

noun re·ply

Legal Definition of reply

  1. :  a plaintiff's or complainant's response to a plea, allegation, or counterclaim in the defendant's answer



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