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 Other big no-nos include sending or replying to texts (or emails) while in the presence of another person. Jill Gleeson, Country Living, "The Most Essential Phone Etiquette Rules to Remember," 6 Nov. 2019 Whitehead was replying to postings about his performance in the Browns' 24-19 loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday afternoon. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Jermaine Whitehead: ‘That was totally out of character for me’," 6 Nov. 2019 Scores of hosts replied to Chesky on Twitter, as well as in online forums, saying that Airbnb’s own policies helped fuel the problem. Carolyn Said, SFChronicle.com, "Can Airbnb carry out ban on ‘party houses’? Are Airbnb rules part of the problem?," 4 Nov. 2019 In the past eight years, Delecto has liked 257 tweets and only tweeted 10 times, all of which were replies to other Twitter users. Author: Allyson Chiu, Anchorage Daily News, "Mitt Romney admits to running secret Twitter account under the alias ‘Pierre Delecto’," 22 Oct. 2019 In the past eight years, Delecto has liked 257 tweets and only tweeted 10 times, all of which were replies to other Twitter users. Allyson Chiu, The Denver Post, "Mitt Romney admits to running secret Twitter account under the alias “Pierre Delecto”," 21 Oct. 2019 Many replied to the tweet announcing his new role with #BowenOut, while others posted an array of amusing memes to express their extreme displeasure. SI.com, "Reading Fans Lead Online Revolt After Sporting Director Mark Bowen Appointed New Manager," 14 Oct. 2019 Wang, who is not directly involved in the negotiations, was replying to questions about an emerging trade deal between the United States and China that Trump outlined Friday. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "Senior China adviser: Trump to blame for delays in securing final trade deal, says China has been 'accommodating'," 12 Oct. 2019 Swift seemed to like the union, also replying to the tweet with an encouraging jazz hands, heart and thumbs up emoji. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Taylor Swift & Lizzo Support Each Other's Fans: 'Swifties & Lizzbians Unite!'," 8 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The blunt, crude reply is: Who in Hell asked to marry your daughters? Ian Frazier, The New Yorker, "When W. E. B. Du Bois Made a Laughingstock of a White Supremacist," 19 Aug. 2019 In response to a tweet from the league asking fans to choose a player of the week, a decision made collectively in a vote of reporters who cover the league and fan balloting on Twitter, the replies were nearly unanimous. New York Times, "Alejandro Bedoya Spoke Out on Gun Violence. Now He Is M.L.S.’s Player of the Week.," 5 Aug. 2019 The replies are full of people asking whether the brand is sponsoring Meg or stealing from her, and accusing them of appropriating black culture. Emma Grey Ellis, WIRED, "Sharing Your #HotGirlSummer? Buy Megan Thee Stallion's Album," 29 July 2019 Springsteen’s reply is that of many veterans: pro-troop vs. antiwar is a false dichotomy. Andrew R. Chow, Time, "In a Culture War Over the Military, Bruce Springsteen Stands Alone," 13 June 2019 Thank you for having us ✨✨✨✨ The replies were surprisingly tame, considering how savage everyone was back in February when Khloé gave herself two extra thumbs in yet another Photoshop fail. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Khloé Kardashian Had a Major Photoshop Fail That Gave Her 14 Fingers," 9 Apr. 2019 When employees complain about worker shortages, the obvious reply is employees would not be so hard to find if businesses just offered more money. Andrew Van Dam, latimes.com, "Pilot-hungry airlines are raiding flight schools, creating a shortage of instructors to train the next generation," 21 May 2018 Additionally, smart replies have been integrated into Gmail on the web for faster responses. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Google's major Gmail update boosts your privacy and productivity," 25 Apr. 2018 One person who received a royal reply is @loopycrown3, who posted the sweet note on Instagram. Sarah Madaus, Town & Country, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Sent Out The Most Sincere Thank-You Cards After Archie's Christening," 3 Sep. 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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14 Nov 2019

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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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