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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Example sentences
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.
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