|Origin:||replier 'to fold again', from Latin replicare, from plicare 'to fold'|
re‧ply1 S3 W2 past tense and past participle replied, present participle replying, third person singular replies
1 [intransitive and transitive]
to answer someone by saying or writing something:
I asked Clive where he was going, but he didn't reply.
Sorry it took me so long to reply.
'Did you see Simon today?' 'Of course,' Nathalie replied with a smile.
Has Ian replied to your letter yet?
Mills replied that he was staying at his parents' flat.
to react to an action by doing something else
reply (to something) with something
The rebel troops replied to government threats with increased violence.