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English definition of “reply”


verb [I]     /rɪˈplaɪ/
B1 to answer: [+ speech] "Where are you going?" I asked. "Home," he replied. [+ that] I replied that it was twelve o'clock. I try to reply to letters the day I receive them.Answering and responding to react to an action by someone else: She replied to the threats by going to the police. France took an early lead before Spain replied with three goals in 14 minutes.Reacting and responding
(Definition of reply verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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