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 The company hasn’t said why and did not reply to a request for comment by the time this story published. Marc Bain, Quartz, "Under pressure in China, Zara deleted a statement about Xinjiang," 25 Mar. 2021 To which some will reply that it’s not just economic opportunity pulling immigrants into the U.S. now. John Tamny, Forbes, "The Border Tragedy Shows President Biden That Central Planning Never, Ever Works," 21 Mar. 2021 It was left to Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting to score Bayern's second but Lazio did reply with a goal of its own, with Marco Parolo heading home a consolation. Ben Church, CNN, "'Unplayable' Bayern Munich cruises into record-breaking 19th Champions League quarterfinal," 18 Mar. 2021 That included two that didn’t reply at all, even to acknowledge receiving the request. Andrew Schotz And Luciana Perez Uribe Guinassi, baltimoresun.com, "Public records survey highlights unevenness of Maryland state and local government tracking and responses," 15 Mar. 2021 The defense will have until April 9 to respond, and the state can reply by April 16. Christopher Kuhagen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The release of a woman in the Slender Man stabbing is on hold as the state and defense respond to doctor's reports," 10 Mar. 2021 The House impeachment managers would reply on Feb. 13. Jennifer Haberkorn, Anchorage Daily News, "McConnell wants to delay Trump impeachment trial to February," 22 Jan. 2021 Before Harold could reply, Itai’s voice floated in to offer his opinion. Nicole Krauss, Harper's Magazine, "Drawing From Life," 24 Nov. 2020 Lisa Cannellos, the director of global corporate media relations at Johnson & Johnson, said the company would reply to the House Oversight and Reform Committee letter by March 18. Gina Heeb, Forbes, "Billion-Dollar Covid Tax Breaks For Opioid Settlements? House Committee Probes Drug Companies On Plans," 5 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But that one reply, from the Raymond Group fabric manufacturer, led to a 5-page ad – enough to get the first issue out. Chryselle D'silva Dias, The Christian Science Monitor, "India’s blind readers had no lifestyle mag. So this woman made one.," 1 Mar. 2021 Cindric responded with a short, courteous reply, and over the next two years, the two kept tabs on each other – the team president impressed by the young driver’s flourish. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "How three-time Supercars champ Scott McLaughlin became Team Penske's first rookie since 1999," 23 Oct. 2020 The owner, David McAtee, fired a gun in reply and a Guard member shot him in the chest, killing him. USA Today, "‘You need to be reminded of Breonna’: How a tiny city park became the heart of a movement," 12 Mar. 2021 Her flippant reply comes after Democrats, including Biden, spent former President Donald Trump's term slamming him almost daily for his disinterest in correct facts and figures. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "White House won't explain Biden's COVID-wartime death tolls comparison as fact-checkers cry foul," 12 Mar. 2021 Sure, William was just answering a question, but his reply feels a lot like gaslighting. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Let Prince William Tell It, The Royal Family Is “Very Much Not Racist”," 11 Mar. 2021 Also, the exchanges show the Burke, Williams & Sorenson lawyer declined to say whether more than one version of the report was sent to the city, limiting his reply to NBCUniversal’s lawyer to the one memo obtained by NBC 7. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Mystery over ‘Footnote 15' resurfaces in new documents released by San Diego City Hall," 28 Feb. 2021 Ball was asked about his exchanges with Anthony on Monday but was very brief with his reply. oregonlive, "Carmelo ‘Melo’ Anthony embraces ‘Melo’ nickname for LaMelo Ball: ‘It’s an honor’," 2 Mar. 2021 Or a longtime resident, perhaps even one of those who had entered before the first collapse? Mull hedged his own reply. Jonathan Lethem, The New Yorker, "The Crooked House," 1 Mar. 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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31 Mar 2021

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“Reply.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reply. Accessed 10 Apr. 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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