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Meaning of REPLY

Pronunciation:  ree'plI

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [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"
  2. [n]  the speech act of continuing a conversational exchange; "he growled his reply"
  3. [v]  reply or respond to; "She didn't want to answer"; "answer the question"; "We answered that we would accept the invitation"

REPLY is a 5 letter word that starts with R.


 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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
    1. To make a return in words or writing; to respond; to
             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
    Syn: To answer; respond; rejoin.
  2. \Re*ply"\, v. t.
    To return for an answer. --Milton.
          Lords, vouchsafe To give me hearing what I shall reply.
  3. \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.''
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Legal Dictionary
 Definition: The response by a party to charges raised in a pleading by the other party.