verb (used without object), re·plied, re·ply·ing.
verb (used with object), re·plied, re·ply·ing.
noun, plural re·plies.
- reply card,
Origin of reply
Examples from the Web for reply
“Every critic encounters one book like that,” was his reply.
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|Michael Daly|November 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He has received no reply from the government to the complaint he sent.
“I had not the most remote notion of what a wonderful man he was,” Darwin wrote of Aristotle in his reply to Ogle.
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|Marlow Stern|October 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He had written to Maggie, and been surprised and hurt to receive no reply.Bob, Son of Battle|Alfred Ollivant
"You did more when you got out of the cab at the top of the gardens here," he whispered in reply.The Missionary|George Griffith
His mouth hung open in indication of the turmoil in his wits as he waited for her reply.Making People Happy|Thompson Buchanan
Before Frederic could reply, the two men were jostled and swept on by a sudden rush of a noisy crowd in their rear.The Parisians, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Madame de Noirmont had not a word to say in reply; she hung her head and seemed completely crushed.The Bashful Lover (Novels of Paul de Kock Volume XIX)|Charles Paul de Kock
verb -plies, -plying or -plied (mainly intr)
noun plural -plies
Word Origin 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.).