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Definition of Reply


  1. To make a return in words or writing; to respond; to answer.
  2. 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.
  4. To return for an answer.
  5. That which is said, written, or done in answer to what is said, written, or done by another; an answer; a response.

Reply Quotations

A wise man is superior to any insults which can be put upon him, and the best reply to unseemly behavior is patience and moderation.

There are many people who feel that it is useless and futile to continue talking about peace and non-violence against a government whose only reply is savage attacks on an unarmed and defenceless people.
Nelson Mandela

Listen with the intent to understand, not the intent to reply.
Stephen Covey

There are many times when a woman will ask another girl friend how she likes her new hat. She will reply, 'Fine,' but slap her hand to her forehead the minute the girl leaves to yipe, 'What a horror!'
Marilyn Monroe

Silence is true wisdom's best reply.
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Reply Translations

reply in Afrikaans is antwoord
reply in Danish is svar, svare
reply in Dutch is antwoorden, antwoorden op
reply in Finnish is vastata
reply in German is antwort, Antwort {f}, antworten
reply in Latin is respondeo respondi responsum, refero
reply in Norwegian is svare
reply in Portuguese is responder, resposta