- to make answer in words or writing; answer; respond: to reply to a question.
- to respond by some action, performance, etc.: to reply to the enemy's fire.
- to return a sound; echo; resound.
- Law. to answer a defendant's plea.
- to return as an answer (usually used in a negative combination or followed by a clause with that): Not a syllable did he reply. He replied that no one would go.
- an answer or response in words or writing.
- a response made by some action, performance, etc.
Origin of reply
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Examples from the Web for replies
King Lear becomes Lear texting “okay who wants a kingdom,” to which Goneril replies “me me I do.”What Would Jane Eyre Sext?
December 23, 2014
To be fair, these are replies to arguments put forth by the plaintiffs in the case.All The Wrong Reasons to Ban Gay Unions
November 7, 2014
“Like Gwyneth Paltrow,” Eliza replies, finally understanding the concept of inner beauty.‘Selfie’ Is Both a Brilliant and Terrible TV Show
September 30, 2014
“Tell me before I forget,” Cianci replies, and when they do, he remembers a graduation, an uncle, a Little League tournament.Can America’s Favorite Ex-Con Mayor Win Again?
June 22, 2014
When I ask him what religious denomination he represents, he replies, “every.”Ukraine’s Vigilante Peacemakers
May 17, 2014
All these answers, were in truth no replies at all, for they did not disprove the facts.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
"The Sorrows of Werter," replies my lady, as well as I could hear.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
The Duc replies, "Why did you not say that some one was listening, that some one was hidden?"My Double Life
My messages were soon sent, and then I sat down to wait for the replies.The Long Labrador Trail
"Thought I'd see you off," he replies to your expression of surprise at his early rising.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
- to make answer (to) in words or writing or by an action; respondhe replied with an unexpected move
- (tr; takes a clause as object) to say (something) in answerhe replied that he didn't want to come
- law to answer a defendant's plea
- to return (a sound); echo
- an answer made in words or writing or through an action; response
- the answer made by a plaintiff or petitioner to a defendant's case
Word Origin and History for replies
late 14c., "to make an answer," from Old French replier "to reply, turn back," from Late Latin replicare "to reply, repeat," in classical Latin "fold back, fold over, bend back," from re- "back, again" (see re-) + plicare "to fold" (see ply (v.1)). Latin literal sense of "to fold back" is attested from mid-15c. in English but is not now used. Modern French répliquer (Middle French replier) is directly from Late Latin. Related: Replied; replying.
1550s, from reply (v.).