Definition of Reply

1. Noun. A statement (either spoken or written) that is made to reply to a question or request or criticism or accusation. "He wrote replies to several of his critics"

Exact synonyms: Answer, Response
Generic synonyms: Statement
Specialized synonyms: Rescript, Feedback
Derivative terms: Answer



2. Verb. React verbally. "They reply that there was a traffic accident "; "We answered that we would accept the invitation"
Exact synonyms: Answer, Respond
Specialized synonyms: Call Back, Counter, Field, Sass, Come Back, Rejoin, Repay, Retort, Return, Riposte, Bridle
Generic synonyms: Say, State, Tell
Derivative terms: Answer, Answer, Answerer, Respondent, Responder

3. Noun. The speech act of continuing a conversational exchange. "He growled his reply"
Exact synonyms: Response
Specialized synonyms: Counterblast, Non Sequitur, Comeback, Counter, Rejoinder, Replication, Retort, Return, Riposte, Echo, Answer
Generic synonyms: Speech Act

Definition of Reply

1. v. i. To make a return in words or writing; to respond; to answer.

2. v. t. To return for an answer.

3. n. That which is said, written, or done in answer to what is said, written, or done by another; an answer; a response.

Definition of Reply

1. Verb. (transitive intransitive) To give a written or spoken response, especially to a question, request, accusation or criticism; to answer. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) To act or gesture in response. ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive) To repeat something back; to echo. ¹

4. Noun. A written or spoken response; part of a conversation. ¹

5. Noun. Something given in reply. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Reply

1. to answer [v -PLIED, -PLYING, -PLIES] - See also: answer

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Reply

replowing
replows
replug
replugged
replugging
replugs
replum
replumb
replumbed
replumbing
replumbs
replunge
replunged
replunges
replunging
reply (current term)
reply-paid
replyed
replyer
replyers
replying
repmobile
repmobiles
repo
repo man
repo men
repocket
repocketed
repocketing
repockets

Literary usage of Reply

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (1839)
"Noah stopped to make no reply, but started off at his fullest speed ; and very much it astonished the people who were out walking, to see a charity-boy ..."

2. Journal by United States Congress Senate (1899)
"In reply to Mr. Evershed, and with regard to putting oil on accumulators to prevent evaporation, there is in that case a very much greater surface than in a ..."

3. The Contemporary Review (1898)
"... nor is it my desire, within the necessarily brief limits of this paper, to reply fully to the criticisms of Mr. J. Horace ..."

4. Jane Austen's Works by Jane Austen, James Edward Austen-Leigh (1882)
"to which his prompt reply was, * Most readily, Mrs. Weston, if you will dance with me.' ' Me!—oh ! no—I would get you a better partner than myself. ..."

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