v. re·plied, re·ply·ing, re·plies
1. To speak or write as a reaction to a question or other prompting.
2. To act in reaction or as a response: The enemy's bigs guns replied to the salvo. See Synonyms at answer.
3. Law To respond to the defendant's answer or plea.
To say or give as an answer: I replied that I was unable to help them.
n. pl. re·plies
1. A word or a series of words spoken or written in reaction, as to a question or request.
2. An act made in reaction or response.
3. Law A plaintiff's response to the defendant's answer or plea, especially with regard to counterclaims made by the defendant.
[Middle English replien, from Old French replier, from Latin replicāre, to fold back; see REPLICATE.]
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