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.

1350–1400; Middle English replien (v.) < Middle French replier to fold back, reply < Latin replicāre to unroll, fold back; see replicate

replier, noun
unreplied, adjective
unreplying, adjective

1. rejoin. 6. rejoinder, riposte. See answer. Unabridged
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reply (rɪˈplaɪ)
vb , -plies, -plying, -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 to answer a defendant's plea
4.  to return (a sound); echo
n , -plies, -plying, -plied, -plies
5.  an answer made in words or writing or through an action; response
6.  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]

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Word Origin & History

c.1385, from O.Fr. replier "to reply, turn back," from L. replicare "to reply, repeat," lit. "fold back," from re- "back, again" + plicare "to fold" (see ply). The noun is first recorded 1560. Mod.Fr. répliquer is directly from L.L.
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Computing Dictionary

reply definition


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Example sentences
We will make every effort to answer your queries and will reply to you via
  email within two business days.
Seconds later comes a reply saying whether the drug is genuine.
Long ago, farmers cut down nearby woodlands to make room for their crops-and
  nature came back with a surprising reply.
Thank you for your comment in reply to my questions.
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