Reply Re*ply" (r?-pl?"), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Replied} (-pl?d"); p. pr. & vb. n. {Replying}.] [OE. replien, OF. replier, F. r['e]pliquer, fr. L. replicare to fold back, make a reply; pref. re- re- + plicare to fold. See {Ply}, and cf. {Replica}.] 1. To make a return in words or writing; to respond; to answer. [1913 Webster]

O man, who art thou that repliest against God? --Rom. ix. 20. [1913 Webster]

2. (Law) To answer a defendant's plea. [1913 Webster]

3. Figuratively, to do something in return for something done; as, to reply to a signal; to reply to the fire of a battery. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To answer; respond; rejoin. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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