- The definition of a reply is a written or verbal response to something.
An example of a reply is an answer to a question.
- Reply is defined as to speak or write a response to something.
An example of to reply is to RSVP to a wedding.
- to answer, or respond, in speech or writing
- to respond by some action: to reply to the enemy's fire with a barrage
- to echo
- Law to answer a defendant's plea
Origin of replyMiddle English replyen ; from Old French replier ; from Classical Latin replicare, to fold back, make a reply ; from re-, back + plicare, to fold: see ply
- an answer, or response, in speech or writing
- a response by some action
- Law the plaintiff's answer to the defendant's plea; specif., the answer to a counterclaim
verbre·plied, re·ply·ing, re·plies
- To speak or write as a reaction to a question or other prompting.
- To act in reaction or as a response: The enemy's bigs guns replied to the salvo. See Synonyms at answer.
- Law To respond to the defendant's answer or plea.
- A word or a series of words spoken or written in reaction, as to a question or request.
- An act made in reaction or response.
- Law A plaintiff's response to the defendant's answer or plea, especially with regard to counterclaims made by the defendant.
Origin of replyMiddle English replien, from Old French replier, from Latin replic&amacron;re, to fold back; see replicate.
(third-person singular simple present replies, present participle replying, simple past and past participle replied)
- (intransitive) To give a written or spoken response, especially to a question, request, accusation or criticism; to answer.
- (intransitive) Please reply to my letter.
- "Sorry I'm late," replied the student.
- He replied that he was not sure.
- (intransitive) To act or gesture in response.
- Joanne replied to Pete's insult with a slap to his face.
- (intransitive) To repeat something back; to echo.
@reply - Computer Definition
reply - Legal Definition