reply

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

The verb derives, via the Old French replier, from the Latin replicō (I fold back), from re + plicō (I fold); the noun derives from the verb by verbalisation.

PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

reply (third-person singular simple present replies, present participle replying, simple past and past participle replied)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To give a written or spoken response, especially to a question, request, accusation or criticism; to answer.
    (intransitive) Please reply to my letter.
    (transitive) "Sorry I'm late," replied the student.
    (transitive) He replied that he was not sure.
  2. (intransitive) To act or gesture in response.
    Joanne replied to Pete's insult with a slap to his face.
    • 1988, Emmanuel Doe Ziorklui, Ghana: Nkrumah to Rawlings
      It is a sound to be dreaded until you ascertain that it is being made by friendly forces; even then, your welcome to it must be tempered with some caution, because gunfire usually leads to replying gunfire []
  3. (intransitive) To repeat something back; to echo.

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NounEdit

reply (plural replies)

  1. A written or spoken response; part of a conversation.
  2. Something given in reply.

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Last modified on 29 March 2014, at 22:09