reply

Whenever you say something in response to someone, you reply. If your teacher asks why you're late to school, you might reply, "Sorry, I missed the bus."

To answer back or respond is to reply, and whatever you say is also a reply. Your reply could be a long quotation from a Shakespeare soliloquy, or it might be a simple, silent nod of the head. You can also reply using a letter, a text, or an email. Reply comes from the Late Latin replicare, which means both "to reply or repeat," but also "to fold back."

Definitions of reply
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v react verbally

Synonyms:
answer, respond
Types:
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call back
return or repeat a telephone call
counter
speak in response
field
answer adequately or successfully
sass
answer back in an impudent or insolent manner
come back, rejoin, repay, retort, return, riposte
answer back
bridle
respond to the reins, as of horses
Type of:
say, state, tell
express in words

n a statement (either spoken or written) that is made to reply to a question or request or criticism or accusation

“he wrote replies to several of his critics”
Synonyms:
answer, response
Types:
rescript
a reply by a Pope to an inquiry concerning a point of law or morality
feedback
response to an inquiry or experiment
Type of:
statement
a message that is stated or declared; a communication (oral or written) setting forth particulars or facts etc

n the speech act of continuing a conversational exchange

“he growled his reply
Synonyms:
response
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counterblast
a vigorous and unrestrained response
non sequitur
a reply that has no relevance to what preceded it
comeback, counter, rejoinder, replication, retort, return, riposte
a quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one)
echo
a reply that repeats what has just been said
answer
the speech act of replying to a question
back talk, backtalk, lip, mouth, sass, sassing
an impudent or insolent rejoinder
echolalia
an infant's repetition of sounds uttered by others
Urim and Thummim
lots thrown to determine God's answers to yes-no questions
defence, defense, refutation
the speech act of answering an attack on your assertions
Type of:
speech act
the use of language to perform some act

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