To make a return in words or writing; to respond; to answer.
- To give an answer in speech or writing.
- To respond by an action or gesture.
- To echo.
- To return gunfire or an attack: The big guns replied.
- Law To respond to a defendant's plea.
- To say or give as an answer: I replied that I was unable to help them. See Synonyms at answer.
- A response in speech or writing.
- A response by an action or gesture.
- Law A plaintiff's formal response in answer to that of a defendant.