What does Reply mean?

Definitions for Reply

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. answer, reply, response(noun)

    a statement (either spoken or written) that is made to reply to a question or request or criticism or accusation

    "I waited several days for his answer"; "he wrote replies to several of his critics"

  2. reply, response(verb)

    the speech act of continuing a conversational exchange

    "he growled his reply"

  3. answer, reply, respond(verb)

    react verbally

    "She didn't want to answer"; "answer the question"; "We answered that we would accept the invitation"


  1. reply(Noun)

    A written or spoken response; part of a conversation.

  2. reply(Noun)

    Something given in reply.

  3. reply(Verb)

    To give a written or spoken response, especially to a question, request, accusation or criticism; to answer.

  4. reply(Verb)

    To act or gesture in response.

    Johnabella replied to Partario's insult with a slap to his face.

  5. reply(Verb)

    To repeat something back; to echo.

  6. Origin: The verb derives, via the replier, from the replico, from re + plico; the noun derives from the verb by verbalisation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reply(verb)

    to make a return in words or writing; to respond; to answer

  2. Reply(verb)

    to answer a defendant's plea

  3. Reply(verb)

    figuratively, to do something in return for something done; as, to reply to a signal; to reply to the fire of a battery

  4. Reply(verb)

    to return for an answer

  5. Reply(verb)

    that which is said, written, or done in answer to what is said, written, or done by another; an answer; a response


  1. Reply

    The reply is a response by plaintiff to defendant's answer. A reply occurs only when defendant has asserted a counterclaim or the court has ordered a reply. It is important to keep in mind that "plaintiff" in this context may also refer to an impleaded party. So, if a defendant impleads a party, this new party is the third-party defendant and the original defendant is the third-party plaintiff. The third-party plaintiff must file a complaint on the third-party defendant, who then must answer. The court may order a reply to this third-party defendant's answer.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Reply

    rē-plī′, v.t. to fold back: to answer.—v.i. to make response: to meet an attack, as to reply to the enemy's fire—(law) to a defendant's plea.—n. an answer: the power of answering: a counter-attack: (mus.) the answer of a figure.—ns. Rep′licant; Replicā′tion, a reply: repetition: (law) the plaintiff's answer to a plea.—adj. Replicā′tive. [O. Fr. replier—L. replicāre, re-, back, plicāre, to fold.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. reply

    See followup.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Reply' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3276

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Reply' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3408

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Reply' in Nouns Frequency: #1215

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Reply' in Verbs Frequency: #282

How to pronounce Reply?

  1. Alex
    US English

How to say Reply in sign language?

  1. reply


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Reply in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Reply in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Reply in a Sentence

  1. Cecilia Riddselius:

    Now, we're waiting for a reply.

  2. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    Smile is a good reply to the dark world.

  3. Elizabeth Esty:

    You better f-----g reply to me or I will f-----g kill you.

  4. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    It is ok if you talk to a rock, but it is not ok if you expect any reply!

  5. Tigran Petrosian:

    Nigalidze would promptly reply to my moves and then literally run to the toilet.

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