- 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 reply
“Every critic encounters one book like that,” was his reply.A Novel Nearly Impossible to Review
December 28, 2014
Johnson testified that he was the only one to reply, telling the cop that they were almost to where they were going.90 Seconds of Fury in Ferguson Are the Key to Making Peace in America
November 26, 2014
He has received no reply from the government to the complaint he sent.Corruption Eats Away at Ukraine Military
October 21, 2014
“I had not the most remote notion of what a wonderful man he was,” Darwin wrote of Aristotle in his reply to Ogle.Why Aristotle Deserves A Posthumous Nobel
October 18, 2014
They received a letter of reply saying their help was very welcome, and to come down and pay them a visit.‘Pride’: The Feel-Good Movie of the Year, and the Film Rupert Murdoch Doesn’t Want You to See
October 13, 2014
If it were not so, his hand would have written in reply to thy kind epistle.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
"Certainly, Robert," was the reply, but the lawyer's manner showed some surprise.Brave and Bold
"You'll find I'm right, sir," was the reply of the traveller who spoke first.
Silence was painful to me, and reply only accumulated difficulty and vexation.
This question was addressed to the lady, who drew back, and made no reply.
- 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 reply
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.).