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1 a statement (either spoken or written) that is made in reply to a question or request or criticism or accusation; "I waited several days for his answer"; "he wrote replies to several of his critics" [syn: answer, response]
2 the speech act of continuing a conversational exchange; "he growled his reply" [syn: response] v : reply or respond to; "She didn't want to answer"; "answer the question"; "We answered that we would accept the invitation" [syn: answer, respond] [also: replied]

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  • /rɪˈplaɪ/
  • Rhymes with: -aɪ


  1. A written or spoken response; part of a conversation.
  2. Something given in reply.


written or spoken response
  • Czech: odpověď
  • Danish: svar , besvarelse
  • Finnish: vastaus
  • French: réponse
  • German: Antwort, Entgegnung
  • Japanese: ; 返事 (へんじ, henji), 返答 (へんとう, hentō)
  • Kurdish:
    Sorani: وه‌ڵام
  • Old English: gegncwide
  • Russian: ответ
something given in reply
  • Danish: svar
  • Finnish: vastaus
  • French: réponse
  • German: Antwort
  • Japanese: 返事 (へんじ, henji)
  • Kurdish:
    Sorani: وه‌ڵام
  • Russian: ответ


  1. To give a written or spoken response, especially to a question, request, accusation or criticism; to answer.
  2. To act or gesture in response.
  3. To repeat something back; to echo.


to give a written or spoken response
to act or gesture in response
to repeat something back
  • Finnish: palauttaa
  • Japanese: 返事をする (henji wo suru)

Extensive Definition

This article is about language use. For the legal term, see Reply (legal term)
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.


Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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