[zhahn ba-teest] /ʒɑ̃ baˈtist/ (Show IPA), 1767–1832, French economist.
Thomas, 1787–1834, U.S. entomologist.
verb (mainly transitive) says (sɛz), saying, said
to speak, pronounce, or utter
(also intransitive) to express (an idea) in words; tell: we asked his opinion but he refused to say
(also intransitive; may take a clause as object) to state (an opinion, fact, etc) positively; declare; affirm
to recite: to say grace
(may take a clause as object) to report or allege: they say we shall have rain today
(may take a clause as object) to take as an assumption; suppose: let us say that he is lying
(may take a clause as object) to convey by means of artistic expression: the artist in this painting is saying that we should look for hope
to make a case for: there is much to be said for either course of action
(usually passive) (Irish) to persuade or coax (someone) to do something: If I hadn’t been said by her, I wouldn’t be in this fix
go without saying, to be so obvious as to need no explanation
(mainly Brit, informal) I say!, an exclamation of surprise
not to say, even; and indeed
that is to say, in other words; more explicitly
to say nothing of, as well as; even disregarding: he was warmly dressed in a shirt and heavy jumper, to say nothing of a thick overcoat
to say the least, without the slightest exaggeration; at the very least
approximately: there were, say, 20 people present
for example: choose a number, say, four
the right or chance to speak: let him have his say
authority, esp to influence a decision: he has a lot of say in the company’s policy
a statement of opinion: you’ve had your say, now let me have mine
(US & Canadian, informal) an exclamation to attract attention or express surprise, etc
(archaic) a type of fine woollen fabric
Old English secgan “to utter, inform, speak, tell, relate,” from Proto-Germanic *sagjanan (cf. Old Saxon seggian, Old Norse segja, Danish sige, Old Frisian sedsa, Middle Dutch segghen, Dutch zeggen, Old High German sagen, German sagen “to say”), from PIE *sokwyo-, from root *sekw- (3) “to say, utter” (cf. Hittite shakiya- “to declare,” Lithuanian sakyti “to say,” Old Church Slavonic sociti “to vindicate, show,” Old Irish insce “speech,” Old Latin inseque “to tell say”).
Past tense said developed from Old English segde. Not attested in use with inanimate objects (clocks, signs, etc.) as subjects before 1930. You said it “you’re right” first recorded 1919; you can say that again as a phrase expressing agreement is recorded from 1942, American English. You don’t say (so) as an expression of astonishment (often ironic) is first recorded 1779, American English.
“what someone says,” 1570s, from say (v.). Meaning “right or authority to influence a decision” is from 1610s. Extended form say-so is first recorded 1630s. Cf. Old English secge “speech.”
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noun A school or college of journalism: I did not say that j-school was a worthless educational experience, only that the degree was not highly regarded by potential employers/ Truman is trying to entertain J-school questions about the future of American magazines (1990s+) journalism school
1. Doctor of the Science of Law; Doctor of Juristic Science. abbreviation 1. Doctor of Juristic Science Latin Juris Scientiae Doctor (Doctor of Juristic Science)
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