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)

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