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Meaning of “reply” in the English Dictionary

"reply" in British English

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replyverb [I]

uk   us   /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 toletters the ​day I ​receive them. 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.

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replynoun [C or U]

uk   us   /rɪˈplaɪ/
B1 an ​answer: I ​asked why, but he made/gave no reply. There were very few replies toouradvertisement. In reply totheirquestions, she just ​shrugged.

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(Definition of reply from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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replyverb

 us   /rɪˈplɑɪ/
to ​answer a ​question: [I] She ​asked him how ​old he was but he didn’t reply. [+ that clause] He replied that he wasn’t ​interested.
(Definition of reply from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"reply" in Business English

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replyverb

uk   us   /rɪˈplaɪ/ (replying, replied, replied)
[I or T] to give a spoken or written answer: 'Your comments have been ​noted,' he replied.reply to sb/sth He did not reply to a ​messageleft for him. 36 ​applicants replied to our ​advert.reply that 55% of ​respondents replied that they are confident in their ​companies' ​leaders.
[I] to ​react to something that someone has done: The ​voters replied by ​voting 80% in favour.reply with sth After criticism for being ​slow to ​respond to ​changes in the ​market, the ​company replied with a ​majorrestructuring.

replynoun [C]

uk   us   /rɪˈplaɪ/
a spoken or written answer: get/have/receive a reply We had more than 100 replies.a reply to sb/sth We received no reply to our ​query.await a reply The ​letter, ​dated December 17, awaits a reply. You will receive a written reply once your ​complaint has been looked into.
in reply (to sth) as an answer or ​reaction to something: He didn't really say anything in reply. In reply to a ​question about ​piracy, he said that there was over 90% ​piracy of ​software.
in reply to formal COMMUNICATIONS used to begin a ​formalletter that is answering another ​letter: In reply to your ​letter of October 7th, I would like to ​offer you ​compensation of €100.
(Definition of reply from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “reply”
in Korean 대답하다…
in Arabic يُجيب…
in Malaysian menjawab…
in French répondre…
in Russian отвечать…
in Chinese (Traditional) 回答, 回覆, 答覆…
in Italian rispondere, replicare…
in Turkish cevap vermek, yanıtlamak…
in Polish odpowiadać…
in Spanish responder…
in Vietnamese đáp lại…
in Portuguese responder…
in Thai ตอบ…
in German erwiedern…
in Catalan respondre…
in Japanese 答える, 返事する…
in Chinese (Simplified) 回答, 回复, 答复…
in Indonesian menjawab…
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