reply


reply
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noun
ADJECTIVE
brief, monosyllabic (esp. BrE)
blunt, curt, short, terse

His reply was short and to the point.

sarcastic, scathing
only

A non-committal grunt was his only reply.

simple

Her reply was simple: ‘No.’

standard, usual

‘No comment’ is his standard reply to most questions.

straight

She refused to give a straight reply, deciding rather to defer the question.

evasive, non-committal
proper, satisfactory (esp. BrE)
suitable
correct
affirmative, positive
negative
early, immediate, prompt, quick
formal
individual, personal
written
polite
thoughtful

Many thanks for your thoughtful reply, we greatly appreciate it.

witty
muffled

‘I'm in here!’ came the muffled reply.

VERB + REPLY
get, have, receive

Have you had a reply to your letter yet?

give sb, make, offer

He made no reply, but simply walked away.

Grace could offer no reply.

post, send, send back, type, write

I'll post the replies later on my web page.

I must write my letter in time for them to send back a reply.

elicit, produce

The report elicited a formal reply from the department.

The questionnaire produced 9 000 replies.

grunt (sth in), mumble (sth in), mutter (sth in)

‘Mmm!’ she grunted in reply.

wait for
await, expect (both formal) (in letters)

I await your reply with interest.

hear, read

She heard no reply.

REPLY + VERB
come, come back

‘No!’ came the reply.

A reply came back the next day.

be forthcoming

No reply seemed to be forthcoming.

REPLY + NOUN
card, envelope, form, slip (BrE)

Please complete the reply card and return it to us as soon as possible.

button (= in email)

It's easy to just hit the reply button.

PREPOSITION
in reply (to sth)

What did they say in reply?

I am writing in reply to your request for information on hotels in Italy.

reply from

a reply from the minister

reply to

my reply to your query

PHRASES
a/the right of reply (esp. BrE)

I am grateful to you for having given me a right of reply (= the opportunity to respond) to the article in your magazine about my company.

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verb
ADVERB
merely, simply

He simply replied that he hadn't the faintest idea.

directly

She did not reply directly to the allegations.

personally

Well, you weren't expecting him to reply personally, were you?

at once, immediately
hastily, hurriedly, promptly, quickly
slowly
at length

She replied at length, but not to the point.

briefly, briskly, curtly, gruffly, shortly
abruptly, sharply
bluntly, flatly

‘No, you're not!’ Graham replied bluntly.

firmly
gently, politely, soothingly
lightly
seriously
quietly, softly
angrily, bitterly, crossly, indignantly, sourly

‘It was your fault!’ she replied angrily.

coldly, coolly, icily
cautiously, defensively, guardedly, hesitantly, nervously
calmly, evenly, mildly
meekly
haughtily, smugly
sternly, stiffly
brightly, cheerfully, happily
innocently
grimly, sadly
drily, sarcastically, sardonically, sweetly (ironic), tartly
absently, distractedly, vaguely
casually, nonchalantly

‘I really don't care!’ he replied nonchalantly.

matter-of-factly

‘I know!’ she replied matter-of-factly.

honestly, truthfully
confidently
evasively
sheepishly
shyly
tiredly, wearily
in kind

Calvin was insulted and replied in kind (= by insulting them back).

VERB + REPLY
not bother to

She didn't even bother to reply.

PREPOSITION
to

He did not reply to my letter.

with

She replied with a smile.

PHRASES
a chance to reply

She quickly left the room before he had a chance to reply.

Reply is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑voice

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  • reply — late 14c., from O.Fr. replier to reply, turn back, from L. replicare to reply, repeat, lit. fold back, from re back, again + plicare to fold (see PLY (Cf. ply)). The noun is first recorded 1550s. Mod.Fr. répliquer is directly from Late Latin …   Etymology dictionary

  • reply — [ri plī′] vi. replied, replying [ME replyen < OFr replier < L replicare, to fold back, make a reply < re , back + plicare, to fold: see PLY1] 1. to answer, or respond, in speech or writing 2. to respond by some action [to reply to the… …   English World dictionary

  • Reply — Re*ply , v. t. To return for an answer. Milton. [1913 Webster] Lords, vouchsafe To give me hearing what I shall reply. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • reply — [n] answer acknowledgment, antiphon, back talk*, comeback, counter, echo, feedback, knee jerk reaction*, lip*, reaction, reciprocation, rejoinder, respond, response, retaliation, retort, return, riposte, sass*, snappy comeback*, vibes*,… …   New thesaurus

  • reply — ► VERB (replies, replied) 1) say or write something in response to something said or written. 2) respond with a similar action: they replied to the shelling with a mortar attack. ► NOUN (pl. replies) 1) the action of replying. 2) …   English terms dictionary

  • reply — ▪ I. reply re‧ply 1 [rɪˈplaɪ] verb replied PTandPP [intransitive, transitive] to answer someone, in writing or in speech: reply that • Asked about the bank s operations, the chairman replied that the record speaks for itself. reply to… …   Financial and business terms