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

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 George Mesires, an attorney for Hunter Biden, did not immediately reply to a phone call and email seeking comment on Wednesday. Bo Erickson, CBS News, "What we know – and don't know – about Hunter Biden's alleged laptop," 15 Oct. 2020 Rich Young, a Verizon spokesman, didn’t immediately reply to a phone call and email. Todd Shields, Bloomberg.com, "Virginia Voter Registration Halted on Last Day Due to Outage," 13 Oct. 2020 Police have not said whether the suspect was shot by an officer — only that he was hit by gunfire — and did not immediately reply to requests for comment. Tatiana Sanchez, SFChronicle.com, "Car jacking suspect killed in officer-involved shooting in San Francisco," 11 Oct. 2020 Fauci, head of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and a key scientist on the White House’s Coronavirus Task Force, still had to read and reply to more than 200 e-mails in his inbox. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "Why Anthony Fauci is happy being the "skunk" on the Coronavirus Task Force," 3 Oct. 2020 The White House didn’t immediately reply to requests for comment. Michelle Hackman, WSJ, "Judge Partially Blocks Trump Administration From Enforcing Visa Ban," 2 Oct. 2020 In the second instance, users can see the tweet but cannot reply, retweet, or respond. Carly Ortiz-lytle, Washington Examiner, "Marsha Blackburn vows to reform law shielding Big Tech from accountability for censoring viewpoints," 17 Sep. 2020 Deena expected Susan to reply as most people did – briefly, hesitantly. USA Today, "Thousands of messages show what it really means to help someone who’s suicidal," 14 Sep. 2020 People who can’t reply will still be able to view, retweet, retweet with comment, share, and like these tweets. Coral Murphy, USA TODAY, "Sick of unwanted Twitter replies? New feature lets users limit who can reply to tweets," 11 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun An automatic email reply from the police department said public information officers were observing the Indigenous Peoples Day holiday. Megan Cassidy, SFChronicle.com, "Suspect fatally shot by SFPD Saturday ID’d as Fairfield man," 12 Oct. 2020 In one reply, the party tweeted that the process, referred to as ballot harvesting, was made legal under a 2016 law that allows state voters to designate a person to return their ballot for them. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "California GOP facing questions over reports of unofficial ballot boxes," 12 Oct. 2020 Children who drop their letters into Santa's Mailbox will receive a personalized reply in the mail. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival will go on this year, but the opening ceremony will be on TV," 8 Oct. 2020 The governor’s reply comes at a crucial time for the project, with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the final stages of deciding whether or not to award the project a key construction permit that would lead to a three-year review by the state. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "In letter, Gov. Dunleavy makes economic case for Pebble mine while still not expressly supporting it," 7 Oct. 2020 The Proud Boys recently made headlines by celebrating President Trump's reply at last week's debate, when he was asked to condemn White supremacists. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "Gay men have taken over the Proud Boys Twitter hashtag," 4 Oct. 2020 Several other taco joints got mucho respect with write-ins via reply: Agave and Rye, Condado, Taqueria Ramirez, Veracruz, Chilero, La Mexicana, Los Cabos, Taqueria Mercado, El Rio Grande, Mi Tierra and Cancun. Keith Pandolfi, The Enquirer, "Who has the best tacos in Cincy? We TRIED to find out," 2 Oct. 2020 Yet on the same day as that reply, the agency sent a letter closing the case. Charles Piller, Science | AAAS, "FDA’s own documents reveal agency’s lax, slow, and secretive oversight of clinical research," 1 Oct. 2020 One even directly referenced its origins in a reply to thegaywhostrayed. Chelsey Cox, USA TODAY, "Fact check: False claim suggesting Trump nominated Biden to the Supreme Court started out as satire," 22 Sep. 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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20 Oct 2020

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“Reply.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reply. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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reply

verb
How to pronounce reply (audio)

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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