verb (used with object), said, saying.
to utter or pronounce; speak: What did you say? I said “Hello!”.
to express in words; state; declare; word:
Say it clearly and simply. It’s hard to know how to say this tactfully.
to state as an opinion or judgment:
I say her plan is the better one.
to be certain, precise, or assured about; determine:
It is hard to say what is wrong.
to recite or repeat:
to say one’s prayers.
to report or allege; maintain:
People say he will resign.
to express (a message, viewpoint, etc.), as through a literary or other artistic medium:
a writer with something to say.
to indicate or show:
What does your watch say?
to assume as a hypothesis or estimate:
Let’s say, for the sake of argument, that it’s true.
verb (used without object), said, saying.
to speak; declare; express an opinion.
It’s, say, 14 feet long.
If you serve, say tuna fish and potato chips, it will cost much less.
what a person says or has to say.
the right or opportunity to speak, decide, or exercise influence:
to have one’s say in choosing the candidate.
a turn to say something:
It is now my say.
(used to express surprise, get attention, etc.)
that is to say. that (def 16).
verb (used with object), noun, British Dialect.
a thin silk or woolen fabric similar to serge, much used in the 16th century.
[zhahn ba-teest] /ʒɑ̃ baˈtist/ (Show IPA), 1767–1832, French economist.
Compare Say’s law.
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
A human may “say” things to a computer by typing them on a terminal. “To list a directory verbosely, say “ls -l”.” Tends to imply a newline-terminated command (a “sentence”).
A computer may “say” things to you, even if it doesn’t have a speech synthesiser, by displaying them on a terminal in response to your commands. This usage often confuses mundanes.
adjective 1. of the sort that can be said or spoken; utterable: He felt a great deal that was not sayable. 2. capable of being said or stated clearly, effectively, etc.: The speech is as sayable today as when Demosthenes first composed it.
- Say a mouthful
say a mouthful say a mouthful Utter something important or meaningful, as in You said a mouthful when you called him a fine musician . This term is often used to express agreement, much as you can say that again is. It was first recorded in 1790.
[sah-yahn] /sɑˈyɑn/ plural noun 1. a mountain range in the S Russian Federation in central Asia. Highest peak, Munku Sardik, 11,447 feet (3490 meters). Sayan Mountains /sɑːˈjæn/ plural noun 1. a mountain range in S central Russia, in S Siberia. Highest peak: Munku-Sardyk, 3437 m (11 457 ft)
- Saybolt universal seconds
/ˈseɪˌbəʊlt/ noun 1. (functioning as sing) a US measurement of viscosity similar in type to the British Redwood seconds