Re·ply v. i. [imp. & p. p. Replied p. pr. & vb. n. Replying.]
1. To make a return in words or writing; to respond; to answer.
O man, who art thou that repliest against God? --Rom. ix. 20.
2. Law To answer a defendant's plea.
3. Figuratively, to do something in return for something done; as, to reply to a signal; to reply to the fire of a battery.
Syn: -- To answer; respond; rejoin.
n 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]