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.]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2018 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
The American Heritage Dictionary Blog
Check out our blog, updated regularly, for new words and revised definitions, interesting images from the 5th edition, discussions of usage, and more.