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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.
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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Examples for replies
  • replies, in the shape of books and pamphlets and articles, continued for many months to be issued.
  • They discovered that paid posters tend to post more new comments than replies to other comments.
  • Whatever questions they asked, the replies were near unanimous.
  • Good to see discover magazine only allowing replies on topics they know are not in current news.
  • Alright, some replies to various comments re: comments on the anti-Harper bias.
  • The level of political vitriol in these replies is almost overwhelming.
  • On the outer rim, dozens of amateurs sit pondering their replies until he completes the circuit.
  • She replies directly to him, and a whirlwind e-romance begins.
  • The replies were then culled for appropriate credentials and then tabulated.
  • Still in reverse order and apologies for the boring replies and for the confusing nature of replying in reverse.
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for replies
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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