What does say mean?

Definitions for say
seɪsay

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word say.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sayverb

    the chance to speak

    "let him have his say"

  2. state, say, tellverb

    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, sayverb

    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, sayverb

    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, sayverb

    have or contain a certain wording or form

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

  6. order, tell, enjoin, sayverb

    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, sayverb

    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. sayverb

    communicate or express nonverbally

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

  9. sayverb

    utter aloud

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

  10. sayverb

    state as one's opinion or judgement; declare

    "I say let's forget this whole business"

  11. sayverb

    recite or repeat a fixed text

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

  12. sayverb

    indicate

    "The clock says noon"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Say

    saw

    Etymology: [OE. seggen, seyen, siggen, sayen, sayn, AS. secgan; akin to OS. seggian, D. zeggen, LG. seggen, OHG. sagn, G. sagen, Icel. segja, Sw. sga, Dan. sige, Lith. sakyti; cf. OL. insece tell, relate, Gr. 'e`nnepe (for 'en-sepe), 'e`spete. Cf. Saga, Saw a saying.]

  2. Saynoun

    trial by sample; assay; sample; specimen; smack

    Etymology: [OE. seggen, seyen, siggen, sayen, sayn, AS. secgan; akin to OS. seggian, D. zeggen, LG. seggen, OHG. sagn, G. sagen, Icel. segja, Sw. sga, Dan. sige, Lith. sakyti; cf. OL. insece tell, relate, Gr. 'e`nnepe (for 'en-sepe), 'e`spete. Cf. Saga, Saw a saying.]

  3. Saynoun

    tried quality; temper; proof

    Etymology: [OE. seggen, seyen, siggen, sayen, sayn, AS. secgan; akin to OS. seggian, D. zeggen, LG. seggen, OHG. sagn, G. sagen, Icel. segja, Sw. sga, Dan. sige, Lith. sakyti; cf. OL. insece tell, relate, Gr. 'e`nnepe (for 'en-sepe), 'e`spete. Cf. Saga, Saw a saying.]

  4. Saynoun

    essay; trial; attempt

    Etymology: [OE. seggen, seyen, siggen, sayen, sayn, AS. secgan; akin to OS. seggian, D. zeggen, LG. seggen, OHG. sagn, G. sagen, Icel. segja, Sw. sga, Dan. sige, Lith. sakyti; cf. OL. insece tell, relate, Gr. 'e`nnepe (for 'en-sepe), 'e`spete. Cf. Saga, Saw a saying.]

  5. Sayverb

    to try; to assay

    Etymology: [OE. seggen, seyen, siggen, sayen, sayn, AS. secgan; akin to OS. seggian, D. zeggen, LG. seggen, OHG. sagn, G. sagen, Icel. segja, Sw. sga, Dan. sige, Lith. sakyti; cf. OL. insece tell, relate, Gr. 'e`nnepe (for 'en-sepe), 'e`spete. Cf. Saga, Saw a saying.]

  6. Saynoun

    a kind of silk or satin

    Etymology: [OE. seggen, seyen, siggen, sayen, sayn, AS. secgan; akin to OS. seggian, D. zeggen, LG. seggen, OHG. sagn, G. sagen, Icel. segja, Sw. sga, Dan. sige, Lith. sakyti; cf. OL. insece tell, relate, Gr. 'e`nnepe (for 'en-sepe), 'e`spete. Cf. Saga, Saw a saying.]

  7. Saynoun

    a delicate kind of serge, or woolen cloth

    Etymology: [OE. seggen, seyen, siggen, sayen, sayn, AS. secgan; akin to OS. seggian, D. zeggen, LG. seggen, OHG. sagn, G. sagen, Icel. segja, Sw. sga, Dan. sige, Lith. sakyti; cf. OL. insece tell, relate, Gr. 'e`nnepe (for 'en-sepe), 'e`spete. Cf. Saga, Saw a saying.]

  8. Sayverb

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

    Etymology: [OE. seggen, seyen, siggen, sayen, sayn, AS. secgan; akin to OS. seggian, D. zeggen, LG. seggen, OHG. sagn, G. sagen, Icel. segja, Sw. sga, Dan. sige, Lith. sakyti; cf. OL. insece tell, relate, Gr. 'e`nnepe (for 'en-sepe), 'e`spete. Cf. Saga, Saw a saying.]

  9. Sayverb

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

    Etymology: [OE. seggen, seyen, siggen, sayen, sayn, AS. secgan; akin to OS. seggian, D. zeggen, LG. seggen, OHG. sagn, G. sagen, Icel. segja, Sw. sga, Dan. sige, Lith. sakyti; cf. OL. insece tell, relate, Gr. 'e`nnepe (for 'en-sepe), 'e`spete. Cf. Saga, Saw a saying.]

  10. Sayverb

    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

    Etymology: [OE. seggen, seyen, siggen, sayen, sayn, AS. secgan; akin to OS. seggian, D. zeggen, LG. seggen, OHG. sagn, G. sagen, Icel. segja, Sw. sga, Dan. sige, Lith. sakyti; cf. OL. insece tell, relate, Gr. 'e`nnepe (for 'en-sepe), 'e`spete. Cf. Saga, Saw a saying.]

  11. Sayverb

    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

    Etymology: [OE. seggen, seyen, siggen, sayen, sayn, AS. secgan; akin to OS. seggian, D. zeggen, LG. seggen, OHG. sagn, G. sagen, Icel. segja, Sw. sga, Dan. sige, Lith. sakyti; cf. OL. insece tell, relate, Gr. 'e`nnepe (for 'en-sepe), 'e`spete. Cf. Saga, Saw a saying.]

  12. Sayverb

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

    Etymology: [OE. seggen, seyen, siggen, sayen, sayn, AS. secgan; akin to OS. seggian, D. zeggen, LG. seggen, OHG. sagn, G. sagen, Icel. segja, Sw. sga, Dan. sige, Lith. sakyti; cf. OL. insece tell, relate, Gr. 'e`nnepe (for 'en-sepe), 'e`spete. Cf. Saga, Saw a saying.]

  13. Sayverb

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

    Etymology: [OE. seggen, seyen, siggen, sayen, sayn, AS. secgan; akin to OS. seggian, D. zeggen, LG. seggen, OHG. sagn, G. sagen, Icel. segja, Sw. sga, Dan. sige, Lith. sakyti; cf. OL. insece tell, relate, Gr. 'e`nnepe (for 'en-sepe), 'e`spete. Cf. Saga, Saw a saying.]

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Say

    sā, v.t. to utter in words: to speak: to declare: to state: to answer: to rehearse: to recite: to take for granted.—v.i. to speak: to relate: to state:—pa.t. and pa.p. said (sed).—n. something said: a remark: a speech: a saw.—ns. Say′er, one who says: a speaker: one who assays; Say′ing, something said: an expression: a maxim; Say′-so, an authoritative declaration: a rumour, a mere report.—Say to, to think of.—It is said, or They say, it is commonly reputed; It says, equivalent to 'it is said;' That is to say, in other words. [A.S. secgan (sægde, gesægd); Ice. segja, Ger. sagen.]

  2. Say

    sā, n. (Spens.) assay, proof, temper (of a sword): (Shak.) taste, relish: a sample: trial by sample.—v.t. to assay, to try.—n. Say′master, one who makes proof. [A contr. of assay.]

  3. Say

    sā, n. a thin kind of silk: a kind of woollen stuff.—adj. (Shak.) silken. [O. Fr. saie—Low L. seta, silk—L. seta, a bristle.]

  4. Say

    sā, n. (Scot.) a strainer for milk.

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.

Editors Contribution

  1. say

    To communicate, express or voice.

    They did say they can be at ours for dinner and we are delighted.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 19, 2020  

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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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of say in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of say in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of say in a Sentence

  1. Irving Hughes:

    It’s pretty surreal, knowing that I’m a high school student and I’m helping NASA for something that can go into space - not everyone can say that.

  2. Adam DiSabato:

    Basically they both told me... not to say anything to anybody in that environment that we were put in and to be happy where we were at.

  3. Todd Fisher:

    It became a bit of a salacious tale that certain people were offended by or did n’t approve of, it was funny, because Carrie, who’s sort of immune to some types of criticism, she went back to my mom and was like, ‘ Hey, maybe I should n’t have told that story. ’ My mom’s like, ‘ What can I say ? Mothers know a few things. ’.

  4. Vikrant Parsai:

    The less you say, the more you don’t have to apologize.

  5. Rodrigo Duterte:

    They would want a multilateral roundtable discussion, probably this year, i do not think anyone is interested in going to war. Although we are allies with America, we will agree to, say, multilateral participation.

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