To give a written or spoken response, especially to a question, request, accusation or criticism; to answer.
To act or gesture in response.
Johnabella replied to Partario's insult with a slap to his face.
To repeat something back; to echo.
English Synonyms and Antonyms
A verbal answer is a return of words to something that seems to call for them, and is made to a charge as well as to a question; an answer may be even made to an unspoken implication or manifestation; see Luke v, 22. In a wider sense, anything said or done in return for some word, action, or suggestion of another may be called an answer. The blow of an enraged man, the whinny of a horse, the howling of the wind, the movement of a bolt in a lock, an echo, etc., may each be an answer to some word or movement. A reply is an unfolding, and ordinarily implies thought and intelligence. A rejoinder is strictly an answer to a reply, tho often used in the general sense of answer, but always with the implication of something more or less controversial or opposed, tho lacking the conclusiveness implied in answer; an answer, in the full sense, to a charge, an argument, or an objection is adequate, and finally refutes and disposes of it; a reply or rejoinder may be quite inadequate, so that one may say, "This reply is not an answer;" "I am ready with an answer" means far more than "I am ready with a reply." A response is accordant or harmonious, designed or adapted to carry on the thought of the words that called it forth, as the responses in a liturgical service, or to meet the wish of him who seeks it; as, the appeal for aid met a prompt and hearty response. Repartee is a prompt, witty, and commonly good-natured answer to some argument or attack; a retort may also be witty, but is severe and may be even savage in its intensity.
An answer in writing, or by word of mouth, to the question.
Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms
answer, reply, responsenoun
a statement (either spoken or written) that is made to 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"
the speech act of continuing a conversational exchange
"he growled his reply"
answer, reply, respondverb
"She didn't want to answer"; "answer the question"; "We answered that we would accept the invitation"
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How to use reply in a sentence?
An ordinary person always finds every woman to be pretty and each rich man's reply to be witty.
When you visit France, you should go to the fancy French bar called 'Deja vu', where the serveuse might ask you: "Don't I know you?"; and you can reply: "It's a deja vu. Merci beaucoup." Au Revoir!
If the partners in the potential coalition keep asking for a set date for Assad to leave the scene, we will reply that this is against the law and against democracy.
Now, we're waiting for a reply.
Here is a good reply of a clever horse to the man who tries to ride and control it: Throwing him into the air!
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- رد, أجاب, إجابة, جوابArabic
- odpověď, odepsat, odpovědětCzech
- svar, besvarelse, besvare, svare, genmæleDanish
- Antwort, antworten, erwidern, EntgegnungGerman
- responder, repetir, respuestaSpanish
- vastaus, palauttaa, vastataFinnish
- réponse, répondreFrench
- freagair, freagairtIrish
- freagair, freagairtScottish Gaelic
- freggyr, freggyrtManx
- जवाब देना, जवाब, उत्तर देनाHindi
- felel, válaszolHungarian
- risposta, rispondere, replicaItalian
- 返事, 返答, 回答, 返信, 答える, 答えJapanese
- وهڵام دان, وهڵامKurdish
- одговор, одговараMacedonian
- antwoorden, antwoord, respons, beantwoordenDutch
- svar, svareNorwegian
- odpowiedzieć, odpowiadaćPolish
- resposta, responder, repetirPortuguese
- ответ, ответить, отвечатьRussian
- svara, besvaraSwedish
- розповідати, розповістиUkrainian
- جواب, جواب دیناUrdu
- trả lời, hồi đáp, hồi âmVietnamese
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