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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Verb

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

Synonyms for reply

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 Robinson's lawyer did not immediately reply to ABC News' request for comment. Marlene Lenthang, ABC News, "Man receives 4-year prison sentence, must pay $12 million in restitution for Minneapolis police precinct fire," 30 Apr. 2021 The offices of Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray and House Speaker Todd Huston, who are both named as defendants in the lawsuit, didn’t immediately reply to request for comment. Tom Davies, chicagotribune.com, "Indiana governor sues Legislature over emergency powers," 27 Apr. 2021 The counties did not immediately reply to requests for comment on Sunday night. J.k. Dineen, San Francisco Chronicle, "UCSF reports a man got blood clots after receiving Johnson & Johnson vaccination," 25 Apr. 2021 Representatives for Coachella, which is currently slated for 2022, did not immediately reply to request for comment. Samantha Hissong, Rolling Stone, "Music Festivals Are Back, But Their Covid Risks Are All on You," 21 Apr. 2021 Facebook did not immediately reply to a request for comment. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "Scammers are selling fake COVID-19 vaccination cards online," 20 Apr. 2021 Representatives for James did not immediately reply to the Washington Examiner's request for comment. Carly Roman, Washington Examiner, "New York attorney general receives referral to conduct criminal investigation into Andrew Cuomo's book," 19 Apr. 2021 Waukesha police did not immediately reply to a request for an interview or statement regarding Farr's allegations. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "He's charged with spitting at and threatening an officer. Now he's suing Waukesha police alleging they used excessive force.," 15 Apr. 2021 Douban didn’t immediately reply to a request for comment. Jane Li, Quartz, "A Chinese platform is erasing “radical” accounts that shun men and the patriarchy," 14 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In its reply to CNN al Qaeda declares Afghanistan its victory. Nic Robertson And Saleem Mehsud, CNN, "Al Qaeda promises 'war on all fronts' against America as Biden pulls out of Afghanistan," 30 Apr. 2021 When the questions are relayed to Lahiri, her reply is simple. New York Times, "Writing in Italian, Jhumpa Lahiri Found a New Voice," 21 Apr. 2021 In his reply, the SpaceX founder revealed that everything looked good up to and including the free-fall stages of the test flight, but things went south when the landing burn began to fire. Mike Wehner, BGR, "We finally know why SpaceX’s latest Starship exploded," 5 Apr. 2021 The deadline for AstraZeneca's reply expired this month. David Meyer, Fortune, "Europe may sue AstraZeneca over huge COVID-19 vaccine delivery shortfalls," 22 Apr. 2021 Or they should be sent via a different process without suggesting the need for a quick reply. Edward Segal, Forbes, "Survey Finds Email Fatigue Could Lead 38% Of Workers To Quit Their Jobs," 21 Apr. 2021 Lincoln actually said hardly anything about race in public except in reply to his racist adversaries’ attacks. Sean Wilentz, The New York Review of Books, "Lincoln’s Rowdy America," 13 Apr. 2021 After completing its vocal performance, the penguin looked at Bergman and waited for a reply. Washington Post, "A king penguin and a wedding anniversary inspired a couple to see all 18 species," 12 Feb. 2021 For worried Girl Scouts executives, the reply was heartening. Andrew Scurria, WSJ, "Boy Scouts’ Coed Recruiting Touched Off ‘Ground War’ With Girl Scouts," 31 Jan. 2021

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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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6 May 2021

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“Reply.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reply. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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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