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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.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. reply

    It is the duty of a court to prevent new matter from being introduced into the prosecution or defense, but a prisoner may urge in his defense mitigating circumstances, or examine witnesses as to character or services, and produce testimonials of such facts, without its being considered new matter. If any point of law be raised, or any matter requiring explanation, the judge-advocate may explain. No other reply to be admitted.—Hough.

Editors Contribution

  1. reply

    To create a form of communication.

    They did give a reply to the message they got when they got a moment.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 11, 2020  

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?

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How to say reply in sign language?

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  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. Noah Higgs:

    I didn't get a reply.

  2. Cecilia Riddselius:

    Now, we're waiting for a reply.

  3. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    Smile is a good reply to the dark world.

  4. Elizabeth Esty:

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

  5. Mehmet Murat ildan:

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

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