reply

verb
re·ply | \ ri-ˈplī \
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 \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for reply

Synonyms: Verb

answer, come back, rejoin, respond, retort, return, riposte

Synonyms: Noun

answer, comeback, rejoinder, response, retort, return

Antonyms: Verb

ask, inquire, question

Antonyms: Noun

inquiry, query, question

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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 Cuban government has not commented publicly on the case and did not reply to request for comment. Nelson Acosta And Sarah Marsh, The Christian Science Monitor, "Cuba releases environmental activist on parole after hunger strike," 5 July 2018 The employee replied with copies of all the information — the tax documents from about 1,600 employees — authorities said. Nicholas Rondinone, courant.com, "Nigerian Man Admits Stealing $36,000 Using Glastonbury School Employees' Tax Information," 22 June 2018 Cathy, who has championed socially conservative causes and had met Pruitt during his tenure as Oklahoma attorney general, replied within an hour, connecting Hupp with one of his own aides, Evan Karanovich. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Scott Pruitt enlisted an EPA aide to help his wife find a job - at Chick-fil-A," 5 June 2018 As a result, blocking these users from replying to and retweeting Trump tweets violated the First Amendment. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Trump’s Twitter blocking violates First Amendment, court rules," 23 May 2018 Chatman replied that the response was necessary to curtail demonstrators who were violent. Keith L. Alexander, Washington Post, "Second Inauguration Day trial ends with no conviction of four defendants," 7 June 2018 Absolutely, Applebaum replied, but so is all artmaking. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Generosity of Innovation," 28 June 2018 Arias will then be allowed to reply to the state's counterargument before the case goes before a three-judge panel for oral argument. Michael Kiefer, azcentral, "First look: Jodi Arias' defense attorneys file 342-page brief in conviction appeal," 6 July 2018 Having got off to a nightmare start, Croatia replied immediately when a knock-down fell to Mario Mandzukic, who swept the ball home on the turn from six yards past a helpless Schmeichel. SI.com, "Croatia 1-1 Denmark (3-2 Pens): Ivan Rakitić Breaks Danish Hearts Despite Kasper Schmeichel Heroics," 2 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

According to her reply to the thread, Alec's morning routine consists of cleansing his face with water, and Simple's Kind to Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes and moisturizing with either CeraVe Tub Moisturizer or First Aid Beauty. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Autistic Teen With Acne Finds Skincare Routine on Reddit," 22 June 2018 This time in his reply, Henderson made no promises. Michael Gordon, charlotteobserver, "It took a Meck judge more than 2 years to rule on a case. Now he's being reprimanded. | Charlotte Observer," 11 May 2018 Naturally, Twitter was less than kind in their replies. Matthew Vantryon, Indianapolis Star, "An Indiana casino called the Indy 500 a NASCAR race and Twitter almost exploded," 7 May 2018 The retaliation outlined by China's Ministry of Commerce on Friday was not in direct response to the memorandum that Trump signed Thursday, but rather its reply to earlier steel and aluminum tariffs announced by the president. NBC News, "China threatens to retaliate against Trump's tariff plan," 23 Mar. 2018 Cattrall’s cryptic reply comes just weeks after an apparent public falling out with Sarah Jessica Parker following the death of the former’s brother. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "Here's What Kim Cattrall Has to Say About Her Sex and the City Co-Star Cynthia Nixon's Run for Governor," 22 Mar. 2018 Blane Gralheer did not reply to Dateline’s request for comment by Sunday afternoon. Malik Johnson, NBC News, "Parents of Lelia Faulkner still searching for daughter two years after her disappearance.," 8 July 2018 The communications staff at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services didn’t reply to a request for information about how long the process would take. Robin Mcdowell, The Seattle Times, "Shelter chief fears migrant reunions could take months," 26 June 2018 Kessler, who did not reply to an email requesting comment, has failed in his attempt to also organize an anniversary rally in Charlottesville for the same weekend. Jaweed Kaleem, latimes.com, "'White civil rights' rally marking Charlottesville anniversary set to be held next to White House," 21 June 2018

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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 \
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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