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[ri-plahy] /rɪˈplaɪ/
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.
Origin of reply
1350-1400; Middle English replien (v.) < Middle French replier to fold back, reply < Latin replicāre to unroll, fold back; see replicate
Related forms
replier, noun
unreplied, adjective
unreplying, adjective
1. rejoin. 6. rejoinder, riposte. See answer. Unabridged
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  • He replies that business alone has kept him from her; he hopes that all is well with her.

    Tales of Old Japan Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford
  • "The Sorrows of Werter," replies my lady, as well as I could hear.

  • "I am sorry to see you looking so ill," replies she, softly, and then begins to wonder what on earth she shall say next.

    Molly Bawn Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
  • The Duc replies, "Why did you not say that some one was listening, that some one was hidden?"

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • Boodels replies that he has, but would like to see it again.

    Happy-Thought Hall F. C. Burnand
British Dictionary definitions for replies


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
Derived Forms
replier, noun
Word Origin
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 and History for replies



late 14c., "to make an answer," from Old French replier "to reply, turn back," from Late Latin replicare "to reply, repeat," in classical Latin "fold back, fold over, bend back," from re- "back, again" (see re-) + plicare "to fold" (see ply (v.1)). Latin literal sense of "to fold back" is attested from mid-15c. in English but is not now used. Modern French répliquer (Middle French replier) is directly from Late Latin. Related: Replied; replying.


1550s, from reply (v.).

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