What does say mean?

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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"

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

  14. Origin: [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.]


  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.

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  2. SAY

    What does SAY stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the SAY acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.

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

How to pronounce say?

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How to say say in sign language?

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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. Donald Trump:

    I say it again.

  2. Donald Trump:

    What'd she say ?

  3. Donald Trump:

    Who would say that?

  4. Chief Executive Jean Pierre Mustier:

    I have nothing to say.

  5. Donald Trump:

    I would say it's done.

Images & Illustrations of say

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