reply noun

ADJ. brief, monosyllabic | curt, sharp, tart | only ‘Billy, I think it's your turn to wash the dishes,’ said Jane. A non-committal grunt was his only reply. | simple Her reply was simple. ‘No,’ she said. | standard, usual ‘No comment’ is his standard reply to most questions. | straight She refused to give a straight reply, deciding rather to defer the question. | evasive, non-committal | unsatisfactory | proper, satisfactory | suitable | correct | positive | negative | early, immediate, prompt, quick | formal | personal | written

VERB + REPLY get, have, receive Have you had a reply to your letter yet? | give sb, make He made no reply, but simply walked away. | send (back), write I must write my letter in time for them to send back a reply. | elicit, produce The report elicited a formal reply from the minister. The questionnaire produced 9,000 replies. | await (written), wait for | expect

REPLY + VERB come (back) ‘No,’ came the reply. A reply came back almost by return of post. | be forthcoming They waited patiently for a reply but none seemed to be forthcoming.

REPLY + NOUN card, form, slip Please fill in the reply card and return it to us as soon as possible.

PREP. in ~ (to) What did they say in reply? I am writing in reply to your request for information on holidays in Italy. | ~ from a reply from the minister | ~ to my reply to your query

PHRASES a chance to reply She quickly left the room before he had a chance to reply. | a right of reply I am grateful to you for having given me a right of reply (= the opportunity to respond) to the article in your magazine about my company.