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Meaning of reply

re•ply

Pronunciation: (ri-plī'), [key]
— v., n., pl. -plied, -ply•ing, -plies.
—v.i.
  1. to make answer in words or writing; answer; respond: to reply to a question.
  2. to respond by some action, performance, etc.: to reply to the enemy's fire.
  3. to return a sound; echo; resound.
  4. to answer a defendant's plea.
—v.t.
  1. to return as an answer (usually used in a negative combination or fol. by a clause with that): Not a syllable did he reply. He replied that no one would go.
—n.
  1. an answer or response in words or writing.
  2. a response made by some action, performance, etc.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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