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reply

verb re·ply \ ri-ˈplī \

Definition of reply

replied; replying
intransitive verb
1 a :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

replier

play \-ˈplī(-ə)r\ noun

Examples of reply in a Sentence

  1. I called out to them, but no one replied.

  2. He didn't reply to her greeting.

  3. The company has replied to the recent protests by posting an ad in the local newspaper.

  4. She replied to the accusation with a stack of documents proving her innocence.

  5. He replied politely that he felt a little better.

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Origin and Etymology of reply

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

reply Synonyms

Synonyms
react, respond
Antonyms
ask, inquire, question
Related Words
answer, return; retaliate; construe, interpret, read, take, understand; contend (with), cope (with), grapple (with), handle, manage, negotiate
Near Antonyms
act, behave; affect, cause, draw, effect

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reply

noun

Definition of reply

plural replies
1 :something said, written, or done in answer or response
2 :replication 1b(2)

Examples of reply in a Sentence

  1. A timely reply will be appreciated.

  2. The invitations have been sent, but we haven't received any replies yet.

  3. I asked her what was wrong. In reply, she handed me a letter.

  4. He wrote a brief note in reply to her letter.

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First Known Use of reply

1560

Synonym Discussion of reply

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

REPLY Defined for English Language Learners

reply

verb

Definition of reply for English Language Learners

  • : to say, write, or do something as an answer or response


reply

noun

Definition of reply for English Language Learners

  • : something said, written, or done as an answer or response


REPLY Defined for Kids

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reply

verb re·ply \ ri-ˈplī \

Definition of reply for Students

replied; replying
:to say or do in answer :respond

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reply

noun

Definition of reply for Students

plural replies
:something said, written, or done in answer
  • I'm waiting for a reply to my request.

Law Dictionary

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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