Dictionary: RE-PLY' – RE-POS'IT-O-RY

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RE-PLY', v.i. [Fr. repliquer; L. replico; re and plico, to fold, that is, to turn or send to; It. replicare; Sp. replicar. See Apply, Employ and Ply.]

  1. To answer; to make a return in words or writing, to something said or written by another. O man, who art thou that repliest against God. – Rom. ix.
  2. In law, to answer a defendant's plea. The defendant pleads in bar to the plaintif's declaration; the plaintif replies to the defendant's plea in bar.

RE-PLY', v.t.

To return for an answer. He knows what to reply.

RE-PLY'ING, ppr.

Answering either in words or writing.

RE-POL'ISH, v.t. [Fr. repolir; re and polish.]

To polish again. – Donne.


Polished again.


Polishing anew.


  1. An account returned; a statement or relation of facts given in reply to inquiry, or by a person authorized to examine and make return to his employer. From Thetis sent as spies to make report. – Waller.
  2. Rumor; common fame; story circulated. Report, though often originating in fact, soon becomes incorrect, and is seldom deserving of credit. When we have no evidence but popular report, it is prudent to suspend our opinions in regard to the facts.
  3. Repute; public character; as, evil report and good report. – 2 Cor. vi. Cornelius was of good report among the Jews. – Acts x.
  4. Account; story; relation. It was a true report that I heard in my own land of thy acts and of thy wisdom. – 1 Kings x.
  5. Sound; noise; as, the report of a pistol or cannon. – Bacon.
  6. An account or statement of a judicial opinion or decision, or of a case argued and determined in a court of law, chancery, &c. The books containing such statements are also called reports.
  7. An official statement of facts, verbal or written; particularly, a statement in writing of proceedings and facts exhibited by an officer to his superiors; as, the reports of the heads of departments to congress, of a master in chancery on to the court, of committees to a legislative body, and the like.

RE-PORT, v.i.

To make a statement of facts. The committee will report at twelve o'clock.

RE-PORT, v.t. [Fr. rapporter; L. reporto, to carry back; re and porto, to bear.]

  1. To bear or bring back an answer, or to relate what has been discovered by a person sent to examine, explore or investigate; as, a messenger reports to his employer what he has seen or ascertained. The committee reported the whole number of votes.
  2. To give an account of; to relate; to tell. They reported his good deeds before me. – Neh. vi. Acts iv.
  3. To tell or relate from one to another; to circulate publicly, as a story; as in the common phrase, it is reported. It is reported among the heathen, and Gashmu saith it, that thou and the Jews think to rebel. – Neh. vi. In this form of expression, it refers to the subsequent clause of the sentence; “that thou and the Jews think to rebel, is reported.”
  4. To give an official account or statement; as, the secretary of the treasury reports to congress annually the amount of revenue and expenditure.
  5. To give an account or statement of cases and decisions in a court of law or chancery.
  6. To return, as sound; to give back. – Bacon. To be reported, or usually, to be reported of, to be well or ill spoken of; to be mentioned with respect or reproach. – Acts xvi. Rom. iii.


Told, related or stated in answer to inquiry or direction; circulated in popular rumors; reputed; stated officially.


  1. One that gives an account, verbal or written, official or unofficial.
  2. An officer or person who makes statements of law proceedings and decisions, or of legislative debates.


Giving account; relating; presenting statements of facts or of adjudged cases in law.


By report or common fame.

RE-POS-AL, n. [s as z. from repose.]

The act of reposing or resting. – Shak.

RE-POSE, n. [Fr. repos.]

  1. A lying at rest.
  2. Sleep; rest; quiet. – Milton. Shak.
  3. Rest of mind; tranquillity; freedom from uneasiness.
  4. Cause of rest. After great lights must be great shadows, which we call reposes. – Dryden.
  5. In poetry, a rest; a pause. – Encyc.
  6. In painting, harmony of colors, as when nothing glaring appears. – Gilpin.

RE-POSE, v.i.

  1. To lie at rest; to sleep. Within a thicket I repos'd. – Chapman.
  2. To rest in confidence. I repose on the faith and honor of a friend.
  3. To lie to rest; as, trap reposing on sand.

RE-POSE, v.t. [s as z. Fr. reposer; re and poser, to put; It. riposare; Sp. reposar; L. repono, reposui.]

  1. To lay at rest. … After the toil of battle, to repose / Your wearied virtue. – Milton.
  2. To lay; to rest, as the mind, in confidence or trust; as, to repose trust or confidence in a person's veracity.
  3. To lay up; to deposit; to lodge; as, pebbles reposed in cliffs. – Woodward.
  4. To place in confidence.

RE-POS-ED, pp.

Laid at rest; placed in confidence.


State of being at rest.

RE-POS-ING, ppr.

Laying at rest; placing in confidence; lying at rest; sleeping.

RE-POS'IT, v.t. [L. repositus, repono.]

To lay up; to lodge, as for safety or preservation. Others reposit their young in holes. – Derham.


Laid up; deposited for safety or preservation.


Laying up or lodging for safety or preservation.


The act of replacing; as, the reposition of a bone. – Wiseman.

RE-POS'IT-O-RY, n. [L. repositorium, from repono.]

A place where things are or may be deposited for safety or preservation. A granary is a repository for corn, an arsenal for arms. The mind or memory is called the repository of ideas. – Locke.