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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

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

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

My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, 'You're tearing up the grass'; 'We're not raising grass,' Dad would reply. 'We're raising boys.'
Harmon Killebrew

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.

Now we're e-mailing and tweeting and texting so much, a phone call comes as a fresh surprise. I get text messages on my cell phone all day long, and it warbles to alert me that someone has sent me a message on Facebook or a reply or direct message on Twitter, but it rarely ever rings.
Susan Orlean
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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
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