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
Replying to a fan, she wrote, “Anthony Goldstein, Ravenclaw, Jewish wizard.”
Asked what kind of support he got from rank-and-file Democrats, he paused before replying with a hearty laugh.Repubs Should Take It From Kucinich: Impeachment Isn’t Worth It | Eleanor Clift | December 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
"Because I do not look good in a hat," Runyon quoted Harold as replying.The Stacks: Harold Conrad Was Many Things, But He Was Never, Ever Dull | Mark Jacobson | March 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Replying-all to that email chain of falsehoods and letting folks know that you disagree, and the lies aren't OK.Congress Can Become Civil and Productive if Moderate Voters Demand It | Joshua DuBois | October 28, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Saima shudders, replying, “It was obvious,” gesturing weakly toward her groin.
Ralph Towne, M.D., he was replying, he was born with a gold spoon in his pretty mouth!Tessa Wadsworth's Discipline | Jennie M. Drinkwater
The stern officer gave a surly refusal, replying, "My orders are to take you first."Madame Roland, Makers of History | John S. C. Abbott
He looked rather surprised, and rolled for a moment without replying.The Amazing Interlude | Mary Roberts Rinehart
If I am sometimes long in replying it is on the score of health, which prevents me and even sends me to bed for many days.Charles Baudelaire, His Life | Thophile Gautier
Without replying, she laid her finger on her rosy lips, and turning quickly away, ran back into the venta.The Border Rifles | Gustave Aimard
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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