Definition of Say

1. Noun. The chance to speak. "Let him have his say"

Generic synonyms: Chance, Opportunity

2. Verb. Express in words. "They say that there was a traffic accident "; "State your name"

3. Verb. Report or maintain. "They say that there was a traffic accident "; "The registrar says that I owe the school money"
Exact synonyms: Allege, Aver
Specialized synonyms: Plead
Generic synonyms: Assert, Asseverate, Maintain
Derivative terms: Allegement

4. Verb. Express a supposition. "They say that there was a traffic accident "; "Let's say you had a lot of money--what would you do?"
Exact synonyms: Suppose
Generic synonyms: Speculate
Derivative terms: Supposal, Supposition

5. Verb. Have or contain a certain wording or form. "What does the law say?"
Exact synonyms: Read
Related verbs: Read
Generic synonyms: Feature, Have
Derivative terms: Read

6. Verb. Give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority. "They say him to write the letter"; "The mother told the child to get dressed"
Exact synonyms: Enjoin, Order, Tell
Specialized synonyms: Direct, Instruct, Command, Require, Call, Send For, Warn
Generic synonyms: Request
Derivative terms: Injunction, Order, Order

7. Verb. Speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way. "Can the child sound out this complicated word?"

8. Verb. Communicate or express nonverbally. "Did his face say anything about how he felt?"
Generic synonyms: Convey

9. Verb. Utter aloud. "She said `Hello' to everyone in the office"

10. Verb. State as one's opinion or judgement; declare. "I say let's forget this whole business"
Related verbs: State, Tell

11. Verb. Recite or repeat a fixed text. "She said her `Hail Mary'"
Generic synonyms: Recite
Derivative terms: Saying

12. Verb. Indicate. "The clock says noon"
Generic synonyms: Read, Record, Register, Show

Definition of Say

1. imp. Saw.

2. n. Trial by sample; assay; sample; specimen; smack.

3. v. t. To try; to assay.

4. n. A kind of silk or satin.

5. v. t. To utter or express in words; to tell; to speak; to declare; as, he said many wise things.

6. v. i. To speak; to express an opinion; to make answer; to reply.

7. n. A speech; something said; an expression of opinion; a current story; a maxim or proverb.

Definition of Say

1. Verb. To pronounce. ¹

2. Verb. To recite. ¹

3. Verb. To communicate, either verbally or in writing. ¹

4. Verb. To indicate in a written form. ¹

5. Verb. (impersonal) to have a common expression; (non-gloss definition used in singular passive voice or plural active voice to indicate a rumor or well-known fact). ¹

6. Verb. (informal imperative) Let's say; used to mark an example, supposition or hypothesis. ¹

7. Interjection. (informal) Used to gain one's attention before making an inquiry or suggestion; hey ¹

8. Noun. One's stated opinion or input into a discussion. ¹

9. Noun. A type of fine cloth similar to serge. ¹

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Definition of Say

1. to utter [v SAID, SAYING, present sing. 2d person SAY, SAYEST, or SAYST, 3d person SAYS or SAITH] : SAYABLE [adj] - See also: utter

Medical Definition of Say

1. 1. Trial by sample; assay; sample; specimen; smack. "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. "he found a sword of better say." (Spenser) 3. Essay; trial; attempt. To give a say at, to attempt. Origin: Aphetic form of assay. 1. A kind of silk or satin. "Thou say, thou serge, nay, thou buckram lord!" (Shak) 2. A delicate kind of serge, or woolen cloth. "His garment neither was of silk nor say." (Spenser) Origin: OE. Saie, F. Saie, fr. L. Saga, equiv. To sagum, sagus, a coarse woolen mantle; cf. Gr. See Sagum. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Say

say (current term)
say again
say cheese
say farewell
say goodbye
say grace
say it, don't spray it
say wha
say what

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