reply

verb
re·​ply | \ ri-ˈplī How to pronounce reply (audio) \
replied; replying

Definition of reply

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to respond in words or writing
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

reply

noun
plural replies

Definition of reply (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from reply

Verb

replier \ ri-​ˈplī(-​ə)r How to pronounce replier (audio) \ noun

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Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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Noun

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

Examples of reply in a Sentence

Verb I called out to them, but no one replied. He didn't reply to her greeting. The company has replied to the recent protests by posting an ad in the local newspaper. She replied to the accusation with a stack of documents proving her innocence. He replied politely that he felt a little better. Noun A timely reply will be appreciated. The invitations have been sent, but we haven't received any replies yet. I asked her what was wrong. In reply, she handed me a letter. He wrote a brief note in reply to her letter.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb On Thursday the Trump campaign declined to comment, and the FCC didn’t immediately reply to an email seeking comment. Todd Shields, Bloomberg.com, "Trump Campaign’s Threat on TV Licenses May Be Mostly Bluster," 10 May 2020 Calumet officials didn't respond to questions after the first death and didn't reply to an interview request Friday after the second was revealed. Maria Perez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Second Wisconsin meatpacking worker dies of COVID-19; infections at food plants exceed 800," 8 May 2020 The Shenzhen police did not reply to a request for comment. Jane Li, Quartz, "A son’s plan to build a memorial to his father and Wuhan’s coronavirus victims has come to an abrupt end," 7 May 2020 Later Sunday, South Korea sent a message to North Korea to try to avoid an escalation, but the North did not immediately reply, according to South Korea’s military. Hyung-jin Kim, The Christian Science Monitor, "North Korean gunfire at DMZ follows Kim's public reappearance," 3 May 2020 His office did not immediately reply to a request seeking comment. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Coronavirus in Ohio, Kentucky: Reopening, what's in new relief bill, second wave, $2,000 proposal," 22 Apr. 2020 The Treasury Department did not immediately reply to a request for comment. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Debt collectors could seize your stimulus check before you have a chance to use it, lawmakers warn," 13 Apr. 2020 The State Department did not immediately reply to a request for comment from STAT. Helen Branswell, STAT, "As coronavirus spreads, thousands of foreign doctors could be blocked from U.S. entry, group warns," 23 Mar. 2020 The more selective institutions are keeping the May 1 candidates reply date. Robert Massa, The Conversation, "5 ways that the coronavirus will change college admissions this fall," 2 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Hopkins noticed the tweet and had this reply: Last week, Johnson sent his own tweet with rap lyrics. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Deshaun Watson's cryptic tweet prompts Bill O'Brien, Houston Texans trade speculation," 23 Mar. 2020 The short comment received nearly 800 replies in less than 24 hours, and Lopez started trending on another social media platform, Twitter. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "George Lopez under fire for joking about rumored $80 million bounty on Trump," 6 Jan. 2020 The remnants of Harbaugh’s noncommittal reply, however, hung in the air. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Why is Jim Harbaugh suddenly shy talking about Michigan football's resurgence?," 21 Nov. 2019 Zara offered mostly evasive replies to Public Eye’s questions about the amounts paid to factories, the group says. Marc Bain, Quartzy, "Zara’s sustainable sweatshirt raises troubling fashion ethics issues," 21 Nov. 2019 Tesla did not reply to C/D's request for more information on this plan. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, "VW, FCA, Tesla Ready to Restart Car Production as Some States Loosen COVID-19 Restrictions," 27 Apr. 2020 Its spokeswoman, Melissa Thrasher, did not reply to an email message asking specifically whether any of the supplies from the national stockpile were defective. Detroit Free Press, "22,000 surgical masks sent to U-M from strategic national stockpile are unusable," 14 Apr. 2020 Initial comments are due on April 21, and reply comments are due on April 28. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Charter still hates broadband competition, asks FCC to help prevent it," 14 Apr. 2020 In its reply brief, the DNC argued that this partial stay request would disenfranchise thousands of voters, noting that the pandemic already left many in the lurch. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "The US Supreme Court just sided with Republicans in the first coronavirus-related election case," 6 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of reply

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Noun

1560, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for reply

Verb

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

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The first known use of reply was in the 14th century

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15 May 2020

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“Reply.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reply. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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reply

verb
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English Language Learners Definition of reply

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

reply

noun

English Language Learners Definition of reply (Entry 2 of 2)

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

reply

verb
re·​ply | \ ri-ˈplī How to pronounce reply (audio) \
replied; replying

Kids Definition of reply

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to say or do in answer : respond

reply

noun
plural replies

Kids Definition of reply (Entry 2 of 2)

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

reply

noun
re·​ply

Legal Definition of reply

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

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