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Letter writing was clearly important to Reagan. Even as president he kept dashing off letters to friends, pen pals, media people, statesmen, critics, and the kind of people who write to presidents never expecting a reply.
Russell Baker

Meaning of "reply" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD REPLY

From Old French replier to fold again, reply, from Latin replicāre to fold back, from re- + plicāre to fold.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF REPLY

reply  [rɪˈplaɪ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF REPLY

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Reply is a verb and can also act as a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb reply in English.

WHAT DOES REPLY MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Reply

A reply is a statement or acknowledgment made in response to an interrogative question, request or comment. Replies are communicated in a variety of ways, the most common being spoken or written, and act as a way of conveying relevant information and continuing a conversational exchange. A simple reply can take the form of a single word, for example "yes" or "no", or can be expressed via body language, such as nodding the head or winking.

Definition of reply in the English dictionary

The first definition of reply in the dictionary is to make answer in words or writing or by an action; respond. Other definition of reply is to say in answer. Reply is also to answer a defendant's plea.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO REPLY

PRESENT

Present
I reply
you reply
he/she/it replies
we reply
you reply
they reply
Present continuous
I am replying
you are replying
he/she/it is replying
we are replying
you are replying
they are replying
Present perfect
I have replied
you have replied
he/she/it has replied
we have replied
you have replied
they have replied
Present perfect continuous
I have been replying
you have been replying
he/she/it has been replying
we have been replying
you have been replying
they have been replying
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I replied
you replied
he/she/it replied
we replied
you replied
they replied
Past continuous
I was replying
you were replying
he/she/it was replying
we were replying
you were replying
they were replying
Past perfect
I had replied
you had replied
he/she/it had replied
we had replied
you had replied
they had replied
Past perfect continuous
I had been replying
you had been replying
he/she/it had been replying
we had been replying
you had been replying
they had been replying
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will reply
you will reply
he/she/it will reply
we will reply
you will reply
they will reply
Future continuous
I will be replying
you will be replying
he/she/it will be replying
we will be replying
you will be replying
they will be replying
Future perfect
I will have replied
you will have replied
he/she/it will have replied
we will have replied
you will have replied
they will have replied
Future perfect continuous
I will have been replying
you will have been replying
he/she/it will have been replying
we will have been replying
you will have been replying
they will have been replying
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would reply
you would reply
he/she/it would reply
we would reply
you would reply
they would reply
Conditional continuous
I would be replying
you would be replying
he/she/it would be replying
we would be replying
you would be replying
they would be replying
Conditional perfect
I would have reply
you would have reply
he/she/it would have reply
we would have reply
you would have reply
they would have reply
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been replying
you would have been replying
he/she/it would have been replying
we would have been replying
you would have been replying
they would have been replying
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you reply
we let´s reply
you reply
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to reply
Past participle
replied
Present Participle
replying
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH REPLY


apply
əˈplaɪ
comply
kəmˈplaɪ
disapply
ˌdɪsəˈplaɪ
duply
djuːˈplaɪ
imply
ɪmˈplaɪ
misapply
ˌmɪsəˈplaɪ
multiply
ˈmʌltɪˌplaɪ
overmultiply
ˌəʊvəˈmʌltɪˌplaɪ
overply
ˌəʊvəˈplaɪ
oversupply
ˈəʊvəˌsəplaɪ
ply
plaɪ
preapply
ˌpriːəˈplaɪ
reapply
ˌriːəˈplaɪ
resupply
ˌriːsəˈplaɪ
sextuply
ˈsekstjʊˌplaɪ
supply
səˈplaɪ
undersupply
ˈʌndəsəˈplaɪ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE REPLY

replica
replicability
replicable
replicase
replicate
replication
replicative
replicator
replicon
replied
replier
replies
replot
replough
replow
replum
replumb
replunge
reply coupon
reply-paid

WORDS THAT END LIKE REPLY

amply
blood supply
cheaply
deeply
haply
in short supply
labour supply
limply
mains supply
money supply
panoply
power supply
purply
sharply
simply
steeply
three ply
three-ply
triply
water supply

Synonyms and antonyms of reply in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «REPLY»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «reply» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of reply

Translation of «reply» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF REPLY

Find out the translation of reply to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of reply from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «reply» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

答复
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

contestación
570 millions of speakers

English

reply
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

उत्तर
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

إجابَة
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

ответ
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

resposta
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

উত্তর
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

réponse
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Jawapannya
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Antwort
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

返事
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

대답
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Reply
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

câu trả lời
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

பதில்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

उत्तर द्या
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

cevap
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

risposta
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

odpowiedź
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

відповідь
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

răspuns
30 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Greek

απάντηση
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

antwoord
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

svar
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

svar
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of reply

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «REPLY»

The term «reply» is very widely used and occupies the 1.000 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «REPLY» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about reply

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10 QUOTES WITH «REPLY»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word reply.
1
Charles Babbage
There are few circumstances which so strongly distinguish the philosopher, as the calmness with which he can reply to criticisms he may think undeservedly severe.
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Russell Baker
Letter writing was clearly important to Reagan. Even as president he kept dashing off letters to friends, pen pals, media people, statesmen, critics, and the kind of people who write to presidents never expecting a reply.
3
Leonard Bernstein
This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.
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Bill Bradley
Imagination allows us to escape the predictable. It enables us to reply to the common wisdom that we cannot soar by saying, 'Just watch!'
5
John Bright
I. cannot stoop to reply to the folly and the slander of every poor Tory partisan who assails me, and I should not have noticed you but for the fact that you are a member of the House of Commons.
6
Brendon Burchard
I have to laugh when I receive newsletters from major personalities and when you hit reply, you get a 'do-not-reply' address. It's ridiculous! Don't you want your customers to reply to you?
7
Truman Capote
The quietness of his tone italicized the malice of his reply.
8
Jean-Francois Cope
If you meet a woman in a burqa, she can't reply to your smile. It's a denial of identity.
9
Stephen Covey
Listen with the intent to understand, not the intent to reply.
10
Jo Ann Davis
Nowadays, people don't ask you how you are, they say, 'Are you busy?' meaning, 'Are you well?' If someone actually does ask you how you are, the most cheerful answer, of course, is a robust 'Busy!' to which the person will reply 'Good!'

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «REPLY»

Discover the use of reply in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to reply and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Await Your Reply: A Novel
BONUS: This edition contains an Await Your Reply discussion guide. The lives of three strangers interconnect in unforeseen ways–and with unexpected consequences–in acclaimed author Dan Chaon’s gripping, brilliantly written new novel.
Dan Chaon, 2009
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Reply All: Stories
"Reply All, the third collection of award-winning and widely anthologized short stories by Robin Hemley, takes a humorous, edgy, and frank look at the human art of deception and self-deception.
Robin Hemley, 2012
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A Reformation Debate: Sadoleto's Letter to the Genevans and ...
In 1539, Cardinal Jacopo Sadoleto, Bishop of Carpentras, addressed a letter to the magistrates and citizens of Geneva, asking them to return to the Roman Catholic faith.
Jean Calvin, Jacopo Sadoleto, John C. Olin, 2000
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Hit Reply
I'm back in the halls of the old workplace. to: tmark from: wonderwoman Just when I thought it was safe to go on line... to: wonderwoman from: tmark I think of you every time I pass the video closet...remember? to: tmark from: wonderwoman ...
Rocki St. Claire, 2004
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Is God A Delusion: A Reply to Religion's Cultured Despisers
With a philosophical nod to the revolutionary 19th-century theologian Friedrich Schleiermacher, the text defends those who find in religion the fulfillment of an ancient and profoundly human desire: the hope that somewhere beyond the ...
Eric Reitan, 2009
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Area 51: The Reply
In the sequel to Area 51, scientist Lisa Duncan and Special Forces officer Mike Turcotte uncover the truth about an army training base in Nevada, where the government awaits the return of extraterrestrials and possibly the end of humankind.
Robert Doherty, 1998
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A Reply to the Report of the Earl of Durham
It is difficult to reply to such a document as your Lordship's Report with becoming temper. It is so inaccurate in its statements of facts, so wild in its theories, so dangerous in its tendencies; it is so unsuitable to meet the public eye, so calculated ...
Thomas Chandler Haliburton, 1839
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Reply to the "Remarks" of thirty-one Boston schoolmasters on ...
Tharp collection.
Horace Mann, Massachusetts. Board of Education, 1844
9
Axel Honneth: Critical Essays: With a Reply by Axel Honneth
Axel Honneth: Critical Essays brings together critical interpretations of the work of Axel Honneth, from his earliest to his most recent writings, together with a comprehensive reply by Honneth that provides significant insights and ...
Danielle Petherbridge, 2011
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Same Sex: Debating the Ethics, Science, and Culture of ...
A. Reply. to. Corvino. David. Bradshaw. David Bradshaw, assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Kentucky, responds to the previous essay by John Corvino. Bradshaw distinguishes between various types of arguments against ...
John Corvino, 1999

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «REPLY»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term reply is used in the context of the following news items.
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In Reply on Farmer Suicides, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan …
New Delhi: A poorly-worded written reply in Parliament to a question on the sensitive issue of farmer suicides in the country, has earned Union Agriculture ... «NDTV, Jul 15»
2
Florida Woman Tries to Buy Weed on Twitter, Gets Reply From Cops
The original solicitation post by the Jupiter, Florida, resident reached about 500 retweets, but the funny, hey-how-are-you reply by the PBSO has already been ... «Yahoo Tech, Jul 15»
3
Qld budget reply paints Labor as usurpers
In his sixth budget reply speech, Mr Springborg says Labor tricked people into voting for it at the January election by hiding its real budget plans. He says those ... «9news.com.au, Jul 15»
4
Will give befitting reply if Pakistan violates ceasefire, says Rajnath …
NASHIK: Army will give a "befitting" reply to Pakistan in case of violation of ceasefire, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said here today. "Our Army will give a ... «Economic Times, Jul 15»
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Welsh Government uses Star Trek language 'Klingon' to reply to …
It is understood to mean: “The minister will reply in due course. “However this is a non-devolved matter.” A fuller answer will be provided to Mr Millar by July 15. «Mirror.co.uk, Jul 15»
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Amitabh Bachchan: How can I reply immediately...I have other and a …
HOW? how can I reply immediately...I have other and a lot of other work to do...I remember all and I read all and I recognise all and I love all," he posted. «Times of India, Jun 15»
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Google's Messenger App Gets Quick Replies in Latest Update
In the latest build, Google has added in a quick reply-like feature that allows you to quickly respond to text messages without ever opening the Messenger app. «Droid Life, Apr 15»
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Hafiz Saeed's 'enemy number one' remark: India will give befitting …
We will give befitting reply and in a responsible manner," Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju told reporters on the sidelines of a function here. Kiren Rijiju in a ... «Firstpost, Apr 15»
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Email in the morning to get the best reply
To receive a considered response to an email, don't send it in the afternoon, the evening or at the weekend. Messages received in the morning receive ... «The Times, Apr 15»
10
Reply to WhatsApp, Hangouts, other messaging apps on your …
If you're tired of reaching for your phone every time you get a message notification, Pushbullet is giving you another excellent reason to check it out. The newest ... «Greenbot, Feb 15»

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