What does reply mean?

Definitions for reply
rɪˈplaɪre·p·ly

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. answer, reply, responsenoun

    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, responseverb

    the speech act of continuing a conversational exchange

    "he growled his reply"

  3. answer, reply, respondverb

    react verbally

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

Wiktionary

  1. replynoun

    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. replynoun

    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. replyverb

    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. replyverb

    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. replyverb

    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. Replyverb

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

  2. Replyverb

    to answer a defendant's plea

  3. Replyverb

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

  4. Replyverb

    to return for an answer

  5. Replyverb

    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  

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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

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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. Ehsan Sehgal:

    O' God, You see openly through, what hearts and minds, desire secretly, make good, and settle all complaints. You know the ins and outs of whatever is out and kept undisclosed and the vital completion of all the desires. O' God, You know I neither give any hope or expression or reply to others nor use such words that may take others, in a wrong context, and do hope for nothing. It can cause the hardest pain to them. O' God, give me the courage to speak clearly, and openly with my dignity of the Self.

  2. Samuel Tadros:

    The law ties approval of new church and its physical size to the size of the Christian community in the area. Who decides which size is adequate? One square meter per worshipper? Half a meter? Does a child get less space? The law suggests governor approval would follow consultation with ‘responsible authorities,’ but who are these? the governor is to reply within four months whether a church is approved or not. But there is no mechanism or remedy to the situation if he does not reply.

  3. Jay Abiona:

    So, there is more to you than meets the eye?” “You don’t even know.” was my reply. “In a good way or bad way?” was her next question. “Both” I answered, in either direction. “Ok” is how she ended the text. “Don’t we all have and good and bad sides?” is what I asked next. “We all have more to us than what meets the eyes. Some bad things don’t appear until that opportunity does arise and good qualities go unnoticed or may not be perceived as good but all of us have good and bad sides or at least most sane people should.”

  4. Jay Abiona:

    You can reply on a steady paycheck every two weeks building another persons business or you can generate income on a daily basis building your own. I chose the latter of the two options.

  5. Ehsan Sehgal:

    You endorse only your own stupidity with your invective, mental filth, and ill-thinking, with such conduct you cannot impress any wise person, in the reply, to the language of abuse, silence is the best practice.

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