"reply" in the noun sense
1. answer, reply, response
a statement (either spoken or written) that is made to reply to a question or request or criticism or accusation
"I waited several days for his answer"
"he wrote replies to several of his critics"
2. reply, response
the speech act of continuing a conversational exchange
"he growled his reply"
"reply" in the verb sense
1. answer, reply, respond
"She didn't want to answer"
"answer the question"
"We answered that we would accept the invitation"
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