Reply Definition

rĭ-plī
replied, replies, replying
verb
replied, replies, replying
To answer, or respond, in speech or writing.
Webster's New World
To speak or write as a reaction to a question or other prompting.
American Heritage
To respond by some action.
To reply to the enemy's fire with a barrage.
Webster's New World
To act in reaction or as a response.
The enemy's bigs guns replied to the salvo.
American Heritage
To say in answer.
She replied that she disapproved.
Webster's New World
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noun
replies
An answer, or response, in speech or writing.
Webster's New World
A word or a series of words spoken or written in reaction, as to a question or request.
American Heritage
A response by some action.
Webster's New World
The plaintiff's answer to the defendant's plea; specif., the answer to a counterclaim.
Webster's New World
The definition of a reply is a written or verbal response to something.
An example of a reply is an answer to a question.
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Other Word Forms of Reply

Noun

Singular:
reply
Plural:
replies

Origin of Reply

  • The verb derives, via the Old French replier, from the Latin replicō (“I fold back"), from re + plicō (“I fold"); the noun derives from the verb by verbalisation.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English replien from Old French replier from Latin replicāre to fold back replicate

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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