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verb (replies, replied) [reporting verb]
say something in response to something someone has said: [no object]:he was gone before we could reply to his last remark [with clause]:she replied that she had been sound asleep [with direct speech]:“I’m OK—just leave me alone,” he replied [no object] write back to someone one has received a letter or e-mail from:she replied with a long letter the next day [no object] respond by a similar action or gesture:they replied to the shelling with a heavy mortar attack on the area
noun (plural replies)
a verbal or written answer:I received a reply from the firm’s managing director “No,” was the curt reply the action of answering someone or something:I am writing in reply to your letter of June 1 a response in the form of a gesture, action, or expression:we scored the first goal and they hit a late reply Law a plaintiff’s response to the defendant’s plea.