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re|ply1 W2S3 [rıˈplaı] v past tense and past participle replied present participle replying third person singular replies
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: replier 'to fold again', from Latin replicare, from plicare 'to fold']
1.) [I and T]
to answer someone by saying or writing something
I asked Clive where he was going, but he didn't reply.
Sorry it took me so long to reply.
'Did you see Simon today?' 'Of course,' Nathalie replied with a smile.
reply to
Has Ian replied to your letter yet?
reply that
Mills replied that he was staying at his parents' flat.
2.)
to react to an action by doing something else
reply (to sth) with sth
The rebel troops replied to government threats with increased violence.
reply 2
reply2 W3S2 [i]plural replies
n
1.) something that is said, written, or done as a way of replying
= ↑answer
I tried calling, but there was no reply.
reply to
We still haven't received a reply to our letter.
Stephen made no reply .
2.) in reply (to sth)
formal as a way of replying to something
I am writing in reply to your letter of 1st June.
3.) without reply
BrE if a sports team gets a number of points or ↑goals without reply, their opponents do not score

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