Definitions for SAYseɪ
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
sayseɪ(v.; adv.; n.; interj.)said, say•ing
(v.t.)to utter or pronounce; speak:
to say a word.
to express in words; state; declare:
Say what you think.
to state as an opinion or judgment:
I say we should wait here.
to recite or repeat.
to report or allege; maintain.
to express (a message, viewpoint, etc.), as through a literary or other artistic medium.
to indicate or show:
What does your watch say?
(v.i.)to speak; declare; express an opinion, idea, etc.
It's, say, 14 feet long.
Category: Common Vocabulary
(n.)what a person says or has to say.
the right or opportunity to state an opinion or exercise influence:
to have one's say in a decision.
a turn to say something.
(interj.)(used to express surprise, get attention, etc.)
Idioms for say:
go without saying,to be completely self-evident.
Origin of say:
bef. 900; ME seyen, seggen, OE secgan; c. D zeggen, G sagen, ON segja; akin to saw3
the chance to speak
"let him have his say"
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"
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"
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?"
have or contain a certain wording or form
"The passage reads as follows"; "What does the law say?"
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"
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?"
communicate or express nonverbally
"What does this painting say?"; "Did his face say anything about how he felt?"
"She said `Hello' to everyone in the office"
state as one's opinion or judgement; declare
"I say let's forget this whole business"
recite or repeat a fixed text
"Say grace"; "She said her `Hail Mary'"
"The clock says noon"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
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.
(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?
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.
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?
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?
emphasizes sth you are about to say
I have to say that I didn't think she sang very well.
sth tells you what is most important about a situation or person
The huge smile on her face said it all.
to think sth privately
"I'll win next time," she said to herself.
indicates what you have just said does not express sth strongly enough
The lecture was confusing, to say the least.
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.
the expression of a feeling or opinion
to be allowed to express sth
We let all the students have their say.
to have some/any/no right to express sth
We had very little say in the matter.
trial by sample; assay; sample; specimen; smack
tried quality; temper; proof
essay; trial; attempt
to try; to assay
a kind of silk or satin
a delicate kind of serge, or woolen cloth
to utter or express in words; to tell; to speak; to declare; as, he said many wise things
to repeat; to rehearse; to recite; to pronounce; as, to say a lesson
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
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
to speak; to express an opinion; to make answer; to reply
a speech; something said; an expression of opinion; a current story; a maxim or proverb
"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. 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
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'SAY' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #158
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'SAY' in Written Corpus Frequency: #83
Rank popularity for the word 'SAY' in Verbs Frequency: #5
Translations for SAY
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
to speak or utter
What did you say?; She said `Yes'.
- dizerPortuguese (BR)
- λέω, εκστομίζωGreek
- حرف زدنFarsi
- reći, iskazatiCroatian
- mond; szólHungarian
- sacīt; teiktLatvian
- si, erklære, uttrykkeNorwegian
- حرف زدنPersian
- ويل، څرګندول، بيانول، بيا ويل:وينا، د پريكړى واك، اظهار ، څرګند ونهPashto
- a spuneRomanian
- сказать, говоритьRussian
- söylemek, demekTurkish
- 說Chinese (Trad.)
- nói, thốt raVietnamese
- 说Chinese (Simp.)
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