verb (used without object), replied, replying.
to make answer in words or writing; answer; respond:
to reply to a question.
to respond by some action, performance, etc.:
to reply to the enemy’s fire.
to return a sound; echo; resound.
Law. to answer a defendant’s plea.
verb (used with object), replied, replying.
to return as an answer (usually used in a negative combination or followed by a clause with that):
Not a syllable did he reply. He replied that no one would go.
noun, plural replies.
an answer or response in words or writing.
a response made by some action, performance, etc.
verb (mainly intransitive) -plies, -plying, -plied
to make answer (to) in words or writing or by an action; respond: he replied with an unexpected move
(transitive; takes a clause as object) to say (something) in answer: he replied that he didn’t want to come
(law) to answer a defendant’s plea
to return (a sound); echo
noun (pl) -plies
an answer made in words or writing or through an action; response
the answer made by a plaintiff or petitioner to a defendant’s case



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