General English



  • noun the innings of a batting side that follows that of their opponents
    Citation ‘Kuruppu deflected a catch to Gatting’s right at first slip in the second over of the Sri Lanka reply’ (Scyld Berry, Observer 12 June 1983)
  • verb (of a batting side) to score the stated number of runs when chasing a total made by the opposing team
    Citation ‘England were on top for most of the match. This second day, when India replied with 105–2 in the last two sessions, was the only time when they were not’ (Berry 1982)
    Citation ‘England won the toss and batted, rattling up 629 … India replied with 302 and followed on’ (Bhattacharya 2006)


  • A response, such as an echo, or an email answering another.
  • synonymresponse


  • A legal answer made in writing to respond to a cross claim. A reply made in a forex fraud case needs to be submitted to a court and served on the opposing parties In a timely way .


  • noun a written statement by a claimant in a civil case in answer to the defendant’s defence
  • noun a speech by prosecution counsel or counsel for the claimant which answers claims made by the defence


  • noun an opposing view given in a discussion or debate
  • verb to give an opposing view in a discussion or debate

Origin & History of “reply”

Etymologically, reply means ‘fold back’. It comes ultimately from Latin replicāre ‘fold back, unfold’, a compound verb formed from the prefix re- ‘back’ and plicāre ‘fold’ (source of English ply and related to English fold). This came to be used metaphorically for ‘go over again, repeat’ (whence English replicate (16th c.)), and also as a legal term for ‘respond’. In this latter sense it passed into English via Old French replier.