from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To give an answer in speech or writing.
  • intransitive v. To respond by an action or gesture.
  • intransitive v. To echo.
  • intransitive v. To return gunfire or an attack: The big guns replied.
  • intransitive v. Law To respond to a defendant's plea.
  • transitive 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To give a written or spoken response, especially to a question, request, accusation or criticism; to answer.
  • v. To act or gesture in response.
  • v. To repeat something back; to echo.
  • n. A written or spoken response; part of a conversation.
  • n. Something given in reply.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That which is said, written, or done in answer to what is said, written, or done by another; an answer; a response.
  • intransitive v. To make a return in words or writing; to respond; to answer.
  • intransitive v. To answer a defendant's plea.
  • intransitive v. Figuratively, to do something in return for something done
  • transitive v. To return for an answer.

from The 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.
  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English replien, from Old French replier, from Latin replicāre, to fold back; see replicate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.


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