—v.i. 1. to make answer in words or writing; answer; respond: to reply to a question. 2. to respond by some action, performance, etc.: to reply to the enemy's fire. 3. to return a sound; echo; resound.
4. Law.to answer a defendant's plea.
—v.t. to return as an answer (usually used in a negative combination or fol. by a clause with that): Not a syllable did he reply. He replied that no one would go.
—n. 1. an answer or response in words or writing.
2. a response made by some action, performance, etc.