(noun) the chance to speak; “let him have his 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”
(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?”
(verb) indicate; “The clock says noon”
(verb) communicate or express nonverbally; “What does this painting say?”; “Did his face say anything about how he felt?”
(verb) recite or repeat a fixed text; “Say grace”; “She said her ‘Hail Mary’”
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?”
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”
(verb) have or contain a certain wording or form; “The passage reads as follows”; “What does the law say?”
Source: WordNet® 3.1
say (third-person singular simple present says, present participle saying, simple past and past participle said)
(transitive) To pronounce.
(transitive) To recite.
(transitive) To tell, either verbally or in writing.
(transitive) To indicate in a written form.
(impersonal, transitive) To have a common expression; used in singular passive voice or plural active voice to indicate a rumor or well-known fact.
(informal, imperative, transitive) Suppose, assume; used to mark an example, supposition or hypothesis.
(intransitive) To speak; to express an opinion; to make answer; to reply.
(transitive, informal, of a possession, especially money) To bet as a wager on an outcome; by extension, used to express belief in an outcome by the speaker.
say (plural says)
A chance to speak; the right or power to influence or make a decision.
say (not comparable)
For example; let us assume.
(colloquial) Used to gain someone's attention before making an inquiry or suggestion
• (used to gain attention): hey
say (countable and uncountable, plural says)
A type of fine cloth similar to serge.
say (third-person singular simple present says, present participle saying, simple past and past participle sayed)
To try; to assay.
say (plural says)
Trial by sample; assay; specimen.
Tried quality; temper; proof.
Essay; trial; attempt.
say (plural says)
(Scotland) A strainer for milk.
• AYs, ays, yas
Say, obs. imp. of See.
Definition: Saw. Chaucer.
Say, n. Etym: [Aphetic form of assay.]
1. Trial by sample; assay; sample; specimen; smack. [Obs.]
if those principal works of God . . . be but certain tastes and saus,
as if were, of that final benefit. Hooker.
Thy tongue some say of breeding breathes. Shak.
2. Tried quality; temper; proof. [Obs.]
he found a sword of better say. Spenser.
3. Essay; trial; attempt. [Obs.] To give a say at, to attempt. B.
Say, v. t.
Definition: To try; to assay. [Obs.] B. Jonson.
Say, n. Etym: [OE. saie, F. saie, fr. L. saga, equiv. to sagum,
sagus, a coarse woolen mantle; cf. Gr. Sagum.]
1. A kind of silk or satin. [Obs.]
Thou say, thou serge, nay, thou buckram lord! Shak.
2. A delicate kind of serge, or woolen cloth. [Obs.]
His garment neither was of silk nor say. Spenser.
Say, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Said, contracted from sayed; p. pr. & vb. n.
Saying.] Etym: [OE. seggen, seyen, siggen, sayen, sayn, AS. secgan;
akin to OS. seggian, D. zeggen, LG. seggen, OHG. sag, G. sagen, Icel.
segja, Sw. säga, Dan. sige, Lith. sakyti; cf. OL. insece teil,
relate, Gr. Saga, Saw a saying.]
1. To utter or express in words; to tell; to speak; to declare; as,
he said many wise things.
Arise, and say how thou camest here. Shak.
2. To repeat; to rehearse; to recite; to pronounce; as, to say a
Of my instruction hast thou nothing bated In what thou hadst to say
After which shall be said or sung the following hymn. Bk. of Com.
3. 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.
But what it is, hard is to say. Milton.
4. 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.
Say, for nonpayment that the debt should double, Is twenty hundred
kisses such a trouble Shak.
It is said, or They say, it is commonly reported; it is rumored;
people assert or maintain.
– That is to say, that is; in other words; otherwise.
Say, v. i.
Definition: To speak; to express an opinion; to make answer; to reply.
You have said; but whether wisely or no, let the forest judge. Shak.
To this argument we shall soon have said; for what concerns it us to
hear a husband divulge his household privacies Milton.
Say, n. Etym: [From Say, v. t.; cf. Saw a saying.]
Definition: A speech; something said; an expression of opinion; a current
story; a maxim or proverb. [Archaic or Colloq.]
He no sooner said out his say, but up rises a cunning snap.
That strange palmer's boding say, That fell so ominous and drear Full
on the object of his fear. Sir W. Scott.
Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition