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Noun reply has 2 senses
  1. answer, reply, response - a statement (either spoken or written) that is made in 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"
    --1 is a kind of statement
    --1 has particulars: rescript; feedback
    Derived form: verb reply1
  2. reply, response - the speech act of continuing a conversational exchange; "he growled his reply"
    --2 is a kind of speech act
    --2 has particulars:
     counterblast; non sequitur; rejoinder, retort, return, riposte, replication, comeback, counter; echo; answer
    Derived form: verb reply1
Verb reply has 1 sense
  1. answer, reply, respond - reply or respond to; "She didn't want to answer"; "answer the question"; "We answered that we would accept the invitation"
    --1 is one way to state, say, tell
    Derived forms: noun reply2, noun reply1
    Sample sentence:
    They reply that there was a traffic accident
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