Definitions for: Reply


[n] a statement (either spoken or written) that is made in 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"
[n] the speech act of continuing a conversational exchange; "he growled his reply"
[v] reply or respond to; "She didn't want to answer"; "answer the question"; "We answered that we would accept the invitation"



Webster (1913) Definition: Re*ply" (r?-pl?"), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Replied
(-pl?d"); p. pr. & vb. n. Replying.] [OE. replien, OF.
replier, F. r['e]pliquer, fr. L. replicare to fold back, make
a reply; pref. re- re- + plicare to fold. See Ply, and cf.
Replica.]
1. To make a return in words or writing; to respond; to
answer.

O man, who art thou that repliest against God?
--Rom. ix. 20.

2. (Law) To answer a defendant's plea.

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

Syn: To answer; respond; rejoin.


Re*ply", v. t.
To return for an answer. --Milton.

Lords, vouchsafe To give me hearing what I shall reply.
--Shak.


Re*ply", n.; pl. Replies (-pl?z"). [See Reply, v.
i., and cf. Replica.]
That which is said, written, or done in answer to what is
said, written, or done by another; an answer; a response.

Syn: Answer; rejoinder; response.

Usage: Reply, Rejoinder, Answer. A reply is a distinct
response to a formal question or attack in speech or
writing. A rejoinder is a second reply (a reply to a
reply) in a protracted discussion or controversy. The
word answer is used in two senses, namely (1), in the
most general sense of a mere response; as, the answer
to a question; or (2), in the sense of a decisive and
satisfactory confutation of an adversary's argument,
as when we speak of a triumphant answer to the speech
or accusations of an opponent. Here the noun
corresponds to a frequent use of the verb, as when we
say. ``This will answer (i.e., fully meet) the end in
view;'' ``It answers the purpose.''

Synonyms: answer, answer, respond, response

See Also: bridle, come back, comeback, counter, counter, counterblast, echo, feedback, field, non sequitur, rejoin, rejoinder, repay, replication, rescript, retort, retort, return, return, riposte, riposte, sass, say, speech act, state, statement, tell

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