What does reply mean?

Definitions for reply
rɪˈplaɪre·ply

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word reply.

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"

Wiktionary

  1. reply(Noun)

    A written or spoken response; part of a conversation.

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

  2. reply(Noun)

    Something given in reply.

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

  3. reply(Verb)

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

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

  4. reply(Verb)

    To act or gesture in response.

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

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

  5. reply(Verb)

    To repeat something back; to echo.

    Etymology: 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

Freebase

  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  
  2. reply

    To create an accurate, perfect, effective and efficient form of communication.

    They did give a reply to the message they received accurately and efficiently.

    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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    Daniel
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    Karen
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    Veena
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    Indian

How to say reply in sign language?

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Numerology

  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. Mou Jiani:

    In the last few weeks more people have contacted me on messaging apps Weibo and WeChat than I have time to reply to.

  2. Martha Brockenbrough:

    I sat down and wrote the reply, and I gave it to her, she seemed really pleased with the answer and gave me the biggest hug.

  3. Matthias Wehler:

    The Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy has indeed received a letter ; there is no comment on its content from their side. There will be a quick reply.

  4. Elizabeth Bruch:

    That might feel a little demoralizing, but there is a very optimistic take home message, if you're willing to put in the effort and you're comfortable with your low reply rate, you certainly can pursue and date people who are out of your league.

  5. Anuj Somany:

    Ask a person in a private conversation, pat comes the reply from almost EVERYONE that NO ONE can change ANYONE; then wondering as who is this SOMEONE who talks about Change in public and surprisingly get so many support from the people.

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