Definitions for SAYseɪ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sayseɪ(v.; adv.; n.; interj.)said, say•ing

  1. (v.t.)to utter or pronounce; speak:

    to say a word.

  2. to express in words; state; declare:

    Say what you think.

  3. to state as an opinion or judgment:

    I say we should wait here.

  4. to recite or repeat.

  5. to report or allege; maintain.

  6. to express (a message, viewpoint, etc.), as through a literary or other artistic medium.

  7. to indicate or show:

    What does your watch say?

  8. (v.i.)to speak; declare; express an opinion, idea, etc.

  9. (adv.)approximately; about:

    It's, say, 14 feet long.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  10. for example.

  11. (n.)what a person says or has to say.

  12. the right or opportunity to state an opinion or exercise influence:

    to have one's say in a decision.

  13. a turn to say something.

  14. (interj.)(used to express surprise, get attention, etc.)

Idioms for say:

  1. go without saying,to be completely self-evident.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of say:

bef. 900; ME seyen, seggen, OE secgan; c. D zeggen, G sagen, ON segja; akin to saw3


Princeton's WordNet

  1. say(verb)

    the chance to speak

    "let him have his say"

  2. state, say, tell(verb)

    express in words

    "He said that he wanted to marry her"; "tell me what is bothering you"; "state your opinion"; "state your name"

  3. allege, aver, say(verb)

    report or maintain

    "He alleged that he was the victim of a crime"; "He said it was too late to intervene in the war"; "The registrar says that I owe the school money"

  4. suppose, say(verb)

    express a supposition

    "Let us say that he did not tell the truth"; "Let's say you had a lot of money--what would you do?"

  5. read, say(verb)

    have or contain a certain wording or form

    "The passage reads as follows"; "What does the law say?"

  6. order, tell, enjoin, say(verb)

    give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority

    "I said to him to go home"; "She ordered him to do the shopping"; "The mother told the child to get dressed"

  7. pronounce, articulate, enounce, sound out, enunciate, say(verb)

    speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way

    "She pronounces French words in a funny way"; "I cannot say `zip wire'"; "Can the child sound out this complicated word?"

  8. say(verb)

    communicate or express nonverbally

    "What does this painting say?"; "Did his face say anything about how he felt?"

  9. say(verb)

    utter aloud

    "She said `Hello' to everyone in the office"

  10. say(verb)

    state as one's opinion or judgement; declare

    "I say let's forget this whole business"

  11. say(verb)

    recite or repeat a fixed text

    "Say grace"; "She said her `Hail Mary'"

  12. say(verb)


    "The clock says noon"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. say(verb)ɪ

    to speak or speak words

    What did you say?; I said, "Where are you?"; As I said to Annie, I've never been so mad.

  2. sayɪ

    (of sth with writing or numbers on it) to give a particular piece of information

    The clock said 2:46.; The email says that we should all be at the meeting.; Do the instructions say what to do next?

  3. sayɪ

    to form a judgment, opinion, or estimate

    It's hard to say how long we were there.; I'd say she's about 4 years old.

  4. sayɪ

    to indicate sth without making a direct statement

    Your actions say a lot about the kind of person you are.; What do you think the poet is trying to say?

  5. sayɪ

    used to give an example; = imagine

    Say you had six apples, and someone took two.; Let's say you win the prize - what would you do with the money?

  6. sayɪ

    emphasizes sth you are about to say

    I have to say that I didn't think she sang very well.

  7. sayɪ

    sth tells you what is most important about a situation or person

    The huge smile on her face said it all.

  8. sayɪ

    to think sth privately

    "I'll win next time," she said to herself.

  9. sayɪ

    indicates what you have just said does not express sth strongly enough

    The lecture was confusing, to say the least.

  10. sayɪ

    indicates you admit that sth different to what you have just said is also true

    I wouldn't really call him a friend. That said, we do work together very well.

  11. say(noun)ɪ

    the expression of a feeling or opinion

  12. sayɪ

    to be allowed to express sth

    We let all the students have their say.

  13. sayɪ

    to have some/any/no right to express sth

    We had very little say in the matter.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Say


  2. Say(noun)

    trial by sample; assay; sample; specimen; smack

  3. Say(noun)

    tried quality; temper; proof

  4. Say(noun)

    essay; trial; attempt

  5. Say(verb)

    to try; to assay

  6. Say(noun)

    a kind of silk or satin

  7. Say(noun)

    a delicate kind of serge, or woolen cloth

  8. Say(verb)

    to utter or express in words; to tell; to speak; to declare; as, he said many wise things

  9. Say(verb)

    to repeat; to rehearse; to recite; to pronounce; as, to say a lesson

  10. Say(verb)

    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

  11. Say(verb)

    to mention or suggest as an estimate, hypothesis, or approximation; hence, to suppose; -- in the imperative, followed sometimes by the subjunctive; as, he had, say fifty thousand dollars; the fox had run, say ten miles

  12. Say(verb)

    to speak; to express an opinion; to make answer; to reply

  13. Say(verb)

    a speech; something said; an expression of opinion; a current story; a maxim or proverb


  1. Say

    "Say" is a song by John Mayer written for the Rob Reiner film The Bucket List in 2007. It was released as a single on November 20 and is the first commercial single in Mayer's career that was not originally released on one of his albums but added to the special edition re-release of his album Continuum. In the U.S., it has become the artist's highest charting single to date, reaching number twelve on the Billboard Hot 100 in May, 2008. The song earned Mayer another Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, his fourth win on the category.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. say

    1. To type to a terminal. “To list a directory verbosely, you have to say ls -l.” Tends to imply a newline-terminated command (a ‘sentence’). 2. A computer may also be said to ‘say’ things to you, even if it doesn't have a speech synthesizer, by displaying them on a terminal in response to your commands. Hackers find it odd that this usage confuses mundanes.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SAY' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #158

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SAY' in Written Corpus Frequency: #83

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SAY' in Verbs Frequency: #5

Anagrams of SAY

  1. Yas

Translations for SAY

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to speak or utter

What did you say?; She said `Yes'.

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