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.
- re·pli·er, noun
- un·re·plied, adjective
- un·re·ply·ing, adjective
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How to use reply in a sentence
I did not receive a single reply that described no growth, though a handful of respondents noted that they were behind in their plans.Here’s how fast a few dozen startups grew in Q3 2020 | Alex Wilhelm | October 23, 2020 | TechCrunch
One asked about the business groups’ objections, prompting an exasperated reply.Robert Lighthizer Blew Up 60 Years of Trade Policy. Nobody Knows What Happens Next. | by Lydia DePillis | October 13, 2020 | ProPublica
Then, during the watch party, the host should let fans know when the party has started, holding a roll call or asking people to check in by dropping an emoji or the watch party hashtag in the replies.For brand marketers, watch parties are where connections and entertainment meet | Twitter | October 13, 2020 | Digiday
Labeled tweets will have likes, normal retweets and replies disabled.Changing how retweets work, Twitter seeks to slow down election misinformation | Taylor Hatmaker | October 9, 2020 | TechCrunch
Eight minutes later — still with no reply from Kerwin — he asked again if she wanted to have sex or if she would prefer for them to tease each other.She Was Afraid of Her Lawyer. Then the Text Messages Started. | by Samantha Hogan, The Maine Monitor | October 8, 2020 | ProPublica
A few days later, Bush replied, “We will uphold the law in Florida.”
Hatuey replied that he would rather burn and be sent to hell than ever again encounter people as cruel as the Spanish.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind | Brin-Jonathan Butler | December 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Hitchcock nodded and replied, “Call it Prosciutto and change the locale to Italy.”Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days | David Freeman | December 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Then, Gordon replied with, “Horrible behavior,” which was echoed by Pascal, who responded, “Actually despicable.”Exclusive: Sony Emails Slam Leonardo DiCaprio, Willow and Jaden Smith, Gush Over Ryan Gosling | William Boot | December 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Teague replied: “I have to allow an operator or plugger a way to appeal when he believes our requirements are unreasonable.”Two Texas Regulators Tried to Enforce the Rules. They Were Fired. | David Hasemyer, InsideClimate News | December 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
As long as may be necessary, Sam,” replied Mr. Pickwick, “you have my full permission to remain.The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, v. 2(of 2) | Charles Dickens
He replied that he had no objections, provided she did not encumber the carriage with bandboxes, which were his utter abhorrence.The Book of Anecdotes and Budget of Fun; | Various
Miss Thangue replied, impulsively, "I have often wondered if you numbered satiety among your complexities!"Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
My one room,” replied that much injured gentleman, “was on the Coffee Room flight.The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, v. 2(of 2) | Charles Dickens
"Colonel Shaffer is a few miles to the west with about five hundred men," replied Harry.The Courier of the Ozarks | Byron A. Dunn
British Dictionary definitions for reply
to make answer (to) in words or writing or by an action; respond: he replied with an unexpected move
(tr; takes a clause as object) to say (something) in answer: he 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
- replier, noun
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