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re·ply

 (rĭ-plī′)
v. re·plied, re·ply·ing, re·plies
v.intr.
1. To speak or write as a reaction to a question or other prompting.
2. To act in reaction or as a response: The enemy's bigs guns replied to the salvo. See Synonyms at answer.
3. Law To respond to the defendant's answer or plea.
v.tr.
To say or give as an answer: I replied that I was unable to help them.
n. pl. re·plies
1. A word or a series of words spoken or written in reaction, as to a question or request.
2. An act made in reaction or response.
3. Law A plaintiff's response to the defendant's answer or plea, especially with regard to counterclaims made by the defendant.

[Middle English replien, from Old French replier, from Latin replicāre, to fold back; see replicate.]

re·pli′er n.

reply

(rɪˈplaɪ)
vb (mainly intr) , -plies, -plying or -plied
1. to make answer (to) in words or writing or by an action; respond: he replied with an unexpected move.
2. (tr; takes a clause as object) to say (something) in answer: he replied that he didn't want to come.
3. (Law) law to answer a defendant's plea
4. to return (a sound); echo
n, pl -plies
5. an answer made in words or writing or through an action; response
6. (Law) the answer made by a plaintiff or petitioner to a defendant's case
[C14: from Old French replier to fold again, reply, from Latin replicāre to fold back, from re- + plicāre to fold]
reˈplier n

re•ply

(rɪˈplaɪ)

v. -plied, -ply•ing, v.i.
1. to give an answer in words or writing; respond: to reply to a question.
2. to respond by some action: to reply to the enemy's fire.
3. to echo or resound.
v.t.
4. to return as an answer: He replied that no one would go.
n.
5. a response in words or writing.
6. a response in the form of some action.
[1350–1400; Middle English (v.) < Middle French replier to fold back, reply < Latin replicāre; see replicate]
re•pli′er, n.
syn: See answer.

reply

  • riposte - A counterstroke, such as a snappy retort, from Italian riposta, "reply, response."
  • antapology - The reply to an apology, such as "That's all right."
  • irrespondence - People not answering your e-mails? That's irrespondence! (Failure to reply.)
  • rescribe - To write in reply.

reply

An answer to a challenge. See also challenge; countersign; password.

reply


Past participle: replied
Gerund: replying

Imperative
reply
reply
Present
I reply
you reply
he/she/it replies
we reply
you reply
they reply
Preterite
I replied
you replied
he/she/it replied
we replied
you replied
they replied
Present Continuous
I am replying
you are replying
he/she/it is replying
we are replying
you are replying
they are replying
Present Perfect
I have replied
you have replied
he/she/it has replied
we have replied
you have replied
they have replied
Past Continuous
I was replying
you were replying
he/she/it was replying
we were replying
you were replying
they were replying
Past Perfect
I had replied
you had replied
he/she/it had replied
we had replied
you had replied
they had replied
Future
I will reply
you will reply
he/she/it will reply
we will reply
you will reply
they will reply
Future Perfect
I will have replied
you will have replied
he/she/it will have replied
we will have replied
you will have replied
they will have replied
Future Continuous
I will be replying
you will be replying
he/she/it will be replying
we will be replying
you will be replying
they will be replying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been replying
you have been replying
he/she/it has been replying
we have been replying
you have been replying
they have been replying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been replying
you will have been replying
he/she/it will have been replying
we will have been replying
you will have been replying
they will have been replying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been replying
you had been replying
he/she/it had been replying
we had been replying
you had been replying
they had been replying
Conditional
I would reply
you would reply
he/she/it would reply
we would reply
you would reply
they would reply
Past Conditional
I would have replied
you would have replied
he/she/it would have replied
we would have replied
you would have replied
they would have replied
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.reply - a statement (either spoken or written) that is made to reply to a question or request or criticism or accusationreply - 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"
statement - a message that is stated or declared; a communication (oral or written) setting forth particulars or facts etc; "according to his statement he was in London on that day"
rescript - a reply by a Pope to an inquiry concerning a point of law or morality
feedback - response to an inquiry or experiment
2.reply - the speech act of continuing a conversational exchange; "he growled his reply"
counterblast - a vigorous and unrestrained response; "her tirade provoked a counterblast from her husband"
speech act - the use of language to perform some act
non sequitur - a reply that has no relevance to what preceded it
comeback, rejoinder, retort, riposte, replication, counter, return - a quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one); "it brought a sharp rejoinder from the teacher"
echo - a reply that repeats what has just been said
answer - the speech act of replying to a question
Verb1.reply - react verballyreply - react verbally; "She didn't want to answer"; "answer the question"; "We answered that we would accept the invitation"
call back - return or repeat a telephone call; "I am busy right now--can you call back in an hour?"; "She left a message but the contractor never called back"
counter - speak in response; "He countered with some very persuasive arguments"
field - answer adequately or successfully; "The lawyer fielded all questions from the press"
sass - answer back in an impudent or insolent manner; "don't sass me!"; "The teacher punished the students who were sassing all morning";
say, state, tell - express in words; "He said that he wanted to marry her"; "tell me what is bothering you"; "state your opinion"; "state your name"
bridle - respond to the reins, as of horses

reply

verb
1. answer, respond, retort, return, come back, counter, acknowledge, react, echo, rejoin, retaliate, write back, reciprocate, riposte, make answer He replied that this was absolutely impossible.
noun
1. answer, response, reaction, counter, echo, comeback (informal), retort, retaliation, acknowledgment, riposte, counterattack, return, rejoinder, reciprocation They went ahead without waiting for a reply.

reply

verb
To speak or act in response, as to a question:
noun
Something spoken or written in return, as to a question or demand:
Translations
إجابَةإجابَه، رَدجَوابيُجيبُيُجيب على أو عَن
odpověďodpovědět
svarsvare
respondi
vastatavastauspalauttaa
odgovorodgovoriti
felelválaszolválaszolás
svarsvara
返事返事をする
대답대답하다
atbildeatbildēt
odgovorodgovoriti
svarsvara
ให้คำตอบคำตอบ
cevapcevap vermecevap vermekyanıtyanıtlamak
câu trả lờiđáp lại

reply

[rɪˈplaɪ]
A. N
1. (spoken, written) → respuesta f, contestación f
he has had 12 replies to his adhan contestado 12 personas a su anuncio
I sent a reply to her letter this morningcontesté or respondí a su carta esta mañana
"reply paid"no necesita sello, a franquear en destino
reply-paid envelopesobre m a franquear en destino
in replyen respuesta
in reply to your letteren respuesta a or contestando a su carta
he had nothing to say in replyno tenía nada que responder or contestar
there's no reply (Telec) → no contestan
to make no reply (to sth)no responder (a algo), no contestar (algo)
she made no reply except to nodsu única reacción fue asentir con la cabeza
2. (= reaction, response) → reacción f, respuesta f
a loud sob was his only replyun fuerte sollozo fue su única reacción or respuesta
3. (abrupt) → réplica f
4. (Jur) → réplica f
B. VI
1.responder, contestar
to reply to sbcontestar or responder a algn
to reply to sthresponder or contestar a algo
to reply to a lettercontestar (a) una carta
the police replied with tear gasla policía respondió con gas lacrimógeno
2. (Jur) → replicar
C. VT
1. (gen) → responder, contestar
he replied that this was impossiblerespondió or contestó que esto era imposible
2. (abruptly) → replicar

reply

[rɪˈplaɪ]
n
(= spoken or written answer) → réponse f
I called out but there was no reply → J'ai appelé mais il n'y a pas eu de réponse.
there's no reply (on telephone)ça ne répond pas
a reply to sth → une réponse à qch
I haven't had a reply to my request for information → Je n'ai pas eu de réponse à ma demande d'information.
in reply to sth → en réponse à qch
I am writing in reply to your recent letter → Je vous écris en réponse à votre dernière lettre.
(= response) → réponse f
in reply → en réponse
vi
(= give answer) → répondre
I wrote to her, but she didn't reply → Je lui ai écrit mais elle n'a pas répondu.
to reply to sb/sth → répondre à qn/qch
(= react) → répondre
to reply with sth → répondre avec qch
The police replied with tear gas → La police a répondu avec des gaz lacrymogènes.
vtrépondre
"Thanks," she replied → "Merci" répondit-elle.reply coupon ncoupon-réponse m

reply

n (written) → Antwort f; (spoken also) → Erwiderung f; (esp Comput) → Rückmeldung f; in reply(als Antwort) darauf; in reply to your letterin Beantwortung Ihres Briefes (form); reply couponAntwortschein m; to send a letter reply paid (Brit) → einen Brief gebührenfrei senden; reply-paid envelope (Brit) → freigemachter Briefumschlag, Freiumschlag m
vt to reply (to somebody) that …(jdm) antworten, dass …
vi (→ auf etw +acc) → antworten; (spoken also) → erwidern

reply

[rɪˈplaɪ]
1. nrisposta
in reply → in risposta
what did you say in reply? → cos'hai risposto?
there's no reply (Telec) → non risponde (nessuno)
2. vt & virispondere

reply

(rəˈplai) verb
to answer. `I don't know,' he replied; Should I reply to his letter?; She replied that she had never seen the man before; She replied by shrugging her shoulders.
nounplural reˈplies
1. an answer. `I don't know,' was his reply; I'll write a reply to his letter.
2. the act of answering. What did he say in reply (to your question)?

to reply to a letter (not reply a letter).

reply

إجابَة, يُجيبُ odpověď, odpovědět svar, svare Antwort, antworten απάντηση, απαντώ contestación, contestar vastata, vastaus répondre, réponse odgovor, odgovoriti rispondere, risposta 返事, 返事をする 대답, 대답하다 antwoord, antwoorden svar, svare odpowiedź, odpowiedzieć responder, resposta ответ, отвечать svar, svara ให้คำตอบ, คำตอบ yanıt, yanıtlamak câu trả lời, đáp lại 答复

reply

n. contestación, respuesta;
v. contestar, responder.
References in classic literature ?
But it seems to me it is the reply we make instinctively to such a question.
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With ready tact, and before Christie could reply, Maryland Joe had put down the trunk and changed hands with his brother.
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The apex court inquired the petitioner that you were directed to submit information regarding extension of US-Embassy under article 19 of constitution on last hearing, what was the development about them, the petitioner replied that he was not given information and prayed the court to seek reply from Ministry of Foreign Affairs and CDA.
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The Committee conducted a comprehensive review of the second draft Reply to the Royal Speech emanating from the committee's keenness on a reply that will be expressive of the Council's vision and aspirations vis-a-vis the context of the Royal Speech in terms of directives and indicators with focus on accomplishing comprehensive sustainable development in socio-economic and political fields in the Kingdom under the ongoing reform process, boost the foundations of democracy, achieve security and stability and reflect positively by improving the livelihood of Bahraini citizens.
They argued about including people's demands in the reply, which forced parliament stand-in chairman Abdulla Al Dossary to withdraw the reply to allow MPs to resolve their disputes.
According to the rules, a minister should correct his reply within a week of the earlier reply.
In reply Boosbeck had eight wickets down when victory was achieved.
I then received another letter from Mr Wright dated April 6 in which he thanked me for taking the time to reply to him.
210(d)-(e) narrowly defines the role of the reply brief, limiting its content to rebuttal of the arguments made by the appellee in the answer brief.