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
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

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

Synonyms for reply

Synonyms: Verb

react, respond

Synonyms: Noun

answer, reaction, response, take

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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

Kevin Assemi demanded by email that Wonderful commit to paying the full bonus for 2019, and gave Wonderful until Sept. 4 to reply. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: A nasty fight erupts between a major grower and the giant Wonderful Pistachios firm," 16 Sep. 2019 What happened next surprised and deeply concerned me: People flooded me with DM’s, replies, likes, retweets – all about similar experiences. Caroline Reilly, Teen Vogue, "Virginity Doesn't Mean You Can't Have a Transvaginal Ultrasound," 4 Sep. 2019 Calls for the White House to release intelligence reports on the killing have been ignored, as was a February deadline for Trump to reply to Congress under the U.S. Global Magnitsky Act. 2. Time Staff, Time, "These Are the 10 'Most Urgent' Cases of Threats to Press Freedom Around the World," 3 Sep. 2019 Tori was quick to reply, pinning the bed change to their baby girl on the way. Tomás Mier, PEOPLE.com, "Pregnant Tori Roloff Shares Sweet Photos of Son Jackson as He Leaves Crib for Baby Sister," 23 Aug. 2019 The executive helped hide the payments by creating a fake Craigslist ad for services and instructing Sorrells to reply to it, at which point a lawyer would be his contact. Kevin Krause, Dallas News, "Ex-Dallas County Schools superintendent who had 'perfect life' gets 7-year sentence for taking bribes," 7 Aug. 2019 The Moscow city government declined to reply to Billboard's request to comment on the attendance numbers. Vladimir Kozlov, Billboard, "Moscow Tried to Blunt Street Protests With Free Music, But Artists & Attendance Figures Didn't Add Up," 7 Aug. 2019 Yu said, replying to a reporter asking why police had used pepper spray on commuters who were kneeling on the ground. Austin Ramzy, BostonGlobe.com, "Hong Kong protesters squeeze access to the airport," 1 Sep. 2019 Frank Harris replied from his seat at the postgame news conference. Greg Luca, ExpressNews.com, "Hometown beatdown: UTSA takes down Incarnate Word behind Frank Harris’ stellar debut," 31 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

One person who received a royal reply is @loopycrown3, who posted the sweet note on Instagram. Sarah Madaus, Town & Country, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Sent Out The Most Sincere Thank-You Cards After Archie's Christening," 3 Sep. 2019 Anyone who sent the royals a note of congratulations on the event of baby Archie Mountbatten-Windsor's christening has received the most perfect reply from Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Sent the Sweetest Thank You Notes After Archie's Christening," 2 Sep. 2019 So many people who had reached out, particularly during his public absence, who always received a thoughtful reply. David Malitz, Washington Post, "If a human being was capable of feeling it, David Berman could write it and render it profound," 8 Aug. 2019 However, a post jokingly claiming the account was hacked is still up, and among the replies in that post, the Kavasutra Kava Bar uses a slur for transgender people. Dan Sweeney, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Kavasutra Kava Bar serves its libations with a side of sexism and transphobia that has social media enraged," 10 July 2018 Mazzone’s reply to a question on a slightly different topic provided the answer. Michael Lev, azcentral, "It’s unclear if Arizona Wildcats receivers will be better, but wideouts are definitely bigger," 13 Aug. 2019 Al Prescott, Tesla’s deputy general counsel, wrote in a reply letter that the company respectfully disagreed with NHTSA. Los Angeles Times, "Tesla scrutinized by U.S. agency over Model 3 safety claims," 7 Aug. 2019 In the past, Power's no-reply solution has split the paddock. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Will Power loves driving at Road America but thinks racing could improve," 21 June 2019 Their attorneys could not be reached for comment or did not reply to emails. Del Quentin Wilber, latimes.com, "12 million pills and 700 deaths: How a few pill mills helped fan the U.S. opioid inferno," 14 June 2019

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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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reply

verb

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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