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

The airline did not immediately reply to CBS MoneyWatch's request for comment. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "Alitalia apologizes for ad featuring a blackface Obama," 5 July 2019 The court didn't reply to Billboard's request for comment. Vladimir Kozlov, Billboard, "Russia Fines College Student for 'Contempt' After Filming Dance Near War Monument," 27 June 2019 Craig did not immediately reply to a message seeking comment. Scott Bauer, Twin Cities, "Conservative budget foes put Wisconsin GOP in tough spot," 20 June 2019 Paige did not immediately reply to PEOPLE’s request for comment. Robyn Merrett, PEOPLE.com, "Seeking Sister Wife's Paige McGee Blames Brother Patrick Marble for Husband Bernie's Death," 17 June 2019 Conway did not immediately reply to a request for comment. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Kellyanne Conway should be removed from office, federal watchdog says," 13 June 2019 An Arizona title-lending group didn't immediately reply to an inquiry seeking comment for this article. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "High-interest car title loans would be banned in Arizona under ballot proposal," 12 June 2019 The current contract was part of a 30-year working relationship between NIH and UCSF on this particular HIV research, Hagwood said in his statement; the lead scientist at UCSF did not reply to requests for comment. Erin Allday, SFChronicle.com, "UCSF loses contract as Trump administration restricts fetal tissue research," 5 June 2019 By Saturday afternoon, it had been viewed over 9,000 times and replied to 1,400 times. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, "They said what about the State Fair?! Twitter challenge reveals ugly truth behind Minnesota Nice.," 22 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Nelson has not yet filed a reply in court to the allegations and could not be reached for comment. San Diego Union-Tribune, "When landlords prey on fear of eviction to coerce sex from tenants," 30 June 2019 Quartz reached out to Digital Sky but did not get a reply. Itika Sharma Punit, Quartz India, "Want to fly your own drone like Zomato? These YouTubers explain why that won’t be easy," 12 June 2019 Both men would station themselves along the baseline and sprint, scramble, slide, stretch to somehow reach just about each and every ball that came their way, not merely putting a racket on it but responding with a booming reply. Howard Fendrich, chicagotribune.com, "Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem in 4 sets to win his 12th French Open title," 9 June 2019 Both men would station themselves along the baseline and sprint, scramble, slide, stretch to somehow reach just about each and every ball that came their way, not merely putting a racket on it but responding with a booming reply. Howard Fendrich, courant.com, "Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem in four sets to win his 12th French Open, 18th career Grand Slam title," 9 June 2019 For Mother's Day, Phillippe shared a beautiful photograph of her mom along with an endearing caption that received a reply from Witherspoon. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Reese Witherspoon Just Twinned with Her Daughter Ava Phillipe at the Big Little Lies Premiere," 30 May 2019 The Supreme Court will most likely wait for a reply from lawyers for Chicago before acting on these latest request. NBC News, "Justice Department asks Supreme Court to trim back rulings on sanctuary city policies," 18 June 2018 Danielle reportedly gave approximately 500 resounding yeses in reply. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Who Is Kevin Jonas's Wife, Danielle Jonas? 7 Things to Know About the Chic Jewelry Designer and Mom of Two," 7 June 2019 In a reply, the supervisor, whose name was redacted, confirmed Craddock’s resignation date and wished him well in resolving his issues. Tim Stelloh, NBC News, "Virginia Beach shooting: Resignation letter offers few clues into gunman's motives," 3 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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