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replyverb [I]

uk   /rɪˈplaɪ/  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 to letters 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   /rɪˈplaɪ/  us   /rɪˈplaɪ/
B1 an answer: I asked why, but he made/gave no reply. There were very few replies to our advertisement. In reply to their questions, 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)

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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 message left 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 major restructuring.

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 formal letter 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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