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reply

verb [I] uk   /rɪˈplaɪ/ us  
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.

reply

noun [C or U] uk   /rɪˈplaɪ/ us  
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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