American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To give an answer in speech or writing.
- v. To respond by an action or gesture.
- v. To echo.
- v. To return gunfire or an attack: The big guns replied.
- v. Law To respond to a defendant's plea.
- v. To say or give as an answer: I replied that I was unable to help them. See Synonyms at answer.
- n. A response in speech or writing.
- n. A response by an action or gesture.
- n. Law A plaintiff's formal response in answer to that of a defendant.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To fold back.
- To return for an answer.
- To make answer; answer; respond.
- To do or give something in return for something else; make return or response; answer by suitable action; meet an attack: as, to reply to the enemy's fire.
- In law, to answer a defendant's plea. The defendant pleads in bar to the plaintiff's declaration; the plaintiff replies to the defendant's plea in bar.
- n. An answer; a response.
- n. The act or power of answering, especially with fitness or conclusiveness.
- n. That which is done for or in consequence of something else; an answer by deeds; a counter-attack: as, his reply was a blow.
- n. In music, the answer of a fugue. Synonyms and Rejoinder, retort.
- v. transitive, intransitive To give a written or spoken response, especially to a question, request, accusation or criticism; to answer.
- v. intransitive To act or gesture in response.
- v. intransitive To repeat something back; to echo.
- n. A written or spoken response; part of a conversation.
- n. Something given in reply.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To make a return in words or writing; to respond; to answer.
- v. (Law) To answer a defendant's plea.
- v. Figuratively, to do something in return for something done
- v. To return for an answer.
- n. That which is said, written, or done in answer to what is said, written, or done by another; an answer; a response.
- v. react verbally
- n. a statement (either spoken or written) that is made to reply to a question or request or criticism or accusation
- n. the speech act of continuing a conversational exchange
- 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. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English replien, from Old French replier, from Latin replicāre, to fold back; see replicate. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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