Middle English Dictionary Entry

replīen v.(1)
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

(a) To turn (sth.) back, fold; bend back (a probe), flex; (b) to make opposition; retaliate; oppose (sth.), object to; repudiate (a former opinion), divorce (one's wife), cancel (a command, decision); ~ ayen, object to (sth.).
(a) To repeat (sth.); (b) to respond verbally, answer; ~ ayen me (ayenes him), answer me (him); (c) to argue, protest, disagree; ~ ayen; (d) ~ ayen(es, to disagree with (sth.), deny, contradict; (e) law to answer a charge or complaint, reply to an answer; reply to (a defendant); ~ ayenes, answer (an accusation).
?To sue for (sth.), request, demand; -- perh. by confusion with pleden v.

Supplemental Materials (draft)

  • a1475 VPhilibert (Brog 2.1)p.24 : Wylle, abyd a whylle and tarie, And at thi ergamenttes anone reypleye.
  • Note: New form: Also..reipleie.
    Note: Quot. belongs to sense 2.(b). Add the phrase and gloss ~ at, to defend (one's assertions), answer for.--notes per MLL