from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To utter aloud; pronounce: The children said, "Good morning.”
- transitive v. To express in words: Say what's on your mind.
- transitive v. To state as one's opinion or judgment; declare: I say let's eat out.
- transitive v. To state as a determination of fact: It's hard to say who is right in this matter.
- transitive v. To repeat or recite: said grace.
- transitive v. To report or maintain; allege.
- transitive v. To indicate; show: The clock says half past two.
- transitive v. To give nonverbal expression to; signify or embody: It was an act that said "devotion.”
- transitive v. To suppose; assume: Let's say that you're right.
- intransitive v. To make a statement; express oneself: The story must be true because the teacher said so.
- n. A turn or chance to speak: Having had my say, I sat down.
- n. The right or power to influence or make a decision: Citizens have a say in the councils of government. All I want is some say in the matter.
- n. Archaic Something said; a statement.
- adv. Approximately: There were, say, 500 people present.
- adv. For instance: a woodwind, say an oboe.
- interj. Used to express surprise or appeal for someone's attention.
- idiom I say Used preceding an utterance to call attention to it: I say, do you have the time?
- idiom I say Used as an exclamation of surprise, delight, or dismay.
- idiom that is to say In other words.
- idiom to say nothing of And there is no need to mention. Used to allude to things that fill out an idea or argument: The yard is a mess, to say nothing of the house.
- idiom you can say that again Slang Used to express strong agreement with what has just been said.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To pronounce.
- v. To recite.
- v. To communicate, either verbally or in writing.
- v. To indicate in a written form.
- v. to have a common expression; used in singular passive voice or plural active voice to indicate a rumor or well-known fact.
- v. Let's say; used to mark an example, supposition or hypothesis.
- interj. Used to gain one's attention before making an inquiry or suggestion; hey
- n. One's stated opinion or input into a discussion.
- n. A type of fine cloth similar to serge.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Trial by sample; assay; sample; specimen; smack.
- n. Tried quality; temper; proof.
- n. Essay; trial; attempt.
- n. A kind of silk or satin.
- n. A delicate kind of serge, or woolen cloth.
- n. A speech; something said; an expression of opinion; a current story; a maxim or proverb.
- intransitive v. To speak; to express an opinion; to make answer; to reply.
- transitive v. To try; to assay.
- transitive v. To utter or express in words; to tell; to speak; to declare.
- transitive v. To repeat; to rehearse; to recite; to pronounce.
- transitive v. To announce as a decision or opinion; to state positively; to assert; hence, to form an opinion upon; to be sure about; to be determined in mind as to.
- transitive v. To mention or suggest as an estimate, hypothesis, or approximation; hence, to suppose; -- in the imperative, followed sometimes by the subjunctive.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To utter, express, declare, or pronounce in words, either orally or in writing; speak.
- To tell; make known or utter in words.
- To recount; repeat; rehearse; recite: as, to say a lesson or one's prayers; to say mass; to say grace.
- To call; declare or suppose to be.
- To utter as an opinion; decide; judge and determine.
- To suppose; assume to be true or correct; take for granted: often in an imperative form, in the sense of ‘let us say,’ ‘we may say,’ ‘we shall say’: as, the number left behind was not great, say only five.
- To gainsay; contradict; answer.
- Synonyms Say, Speak, Tell, State. Each of these words has its peculiar idiomatic uses. We speak an oration, and tell a story, but do not say either of them. We say prayers or a lesson, but do not speak or tell them, although the one praying may tell his beads. Say is the most common word before a quotation direct or indirect: Adam said, “This is now bone of my bones” (Gen. ii. 23); “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves” (1 John i. 8). Tell is often exactly synonymous with say to: as, tell (say to) him that I was called away. Speak draws its meanings from the idea of making audible; tell, from that of communicating. Tell is the only one of these words that may express a command. State is often erroneously used for simply saying: as, he stated that he could not come: state always implies detail, as of reasons, particulars; to state a case is to give it with particularity.
- To speak; declare; assert; express an opinion: as, so he says.
- To make answer; reply.
- To assay; test.
- To essay; attempt; endeavor; try.
- n. What one has to say; a speech; a story; something said; hence, an affirmation; a declaration; a statement.
- n. Word; assurance.
- n. A maxim; a saying; a saw.
- n. Turn to say something, make a proposition, or reply: as, “It is now my say.”
- n. Assay; trial by sample; sample; taste.
- n. A cut made in a dead deer in order to find out how fat it is.
- n. Tried quality; temper; proof.
- n. In hunting, to make a cut down the belly of a dead deer in order to see how fat it is.
- n. A kind of silk or satin.
- n. A kind of serge. In the sixteenth century it seems to have been a fine thin cloth used for outer garments.
- n. A strainer for milk.
- n. An obsolete preterit of see.
- n. In poker, the turn of a player to declare whether or not he will ante.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. communicate or express nonverbally
- v. report or maintain
- v. speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way
- n. the chance to speak
- v. give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority
- v. state as one's opinion or judgement; declare
- v. utter aloud
- v. express in words
- v. recite or repeat a fixed text
- v. express a supposition
- v. have or contain a certain wording or form
- v. indicate
They could just say the pledge with their classmates and *not say* the under god part.
Quod She recently talked about a book called *They say, I say* by Graff and someone else.
I will tell them, why you don't you say that you like dad or sayߞ call dad husband or honey or whatever?
I mean that, you might say, "We'd expect Bundy to say that," right?
But say not these things have been done "not well;" but _say_ "not fortunately" for us who did them.
The Latin can say either stultī or stultum est dīcere, _it is foolish to say_; but Adjectives of one ending permit only the Genitive; as, -- sapientis est haec sēcum reputāre, _it is the part of a wise man to consider this_.
I am perfectly aware, that by the following remarks I shall expose myself to the indignation of some men, and, possibly, to the contempt of others: but I feel that my opinion on this subject is not taken up on slight grounds; and I _must say my say_.
Strikingly similar to English and Greek alternations of the type singsang and leip-o I leave, leloip-a I have left, are such Somali16 cases as al I am, il I was; i-dah-a I say, i-di I said, deh say!
Drusilla rose and shook her finger at him, "now you be careful what you say, but _say_ it."
Some few, they say -- ah, yes, '_they say_' -- have found it, then instantly forgotten it again; for once pronounced it may not be retained, but goes utterly lost to the memory on the instant.