[ UK /sˈe‍ɪ/ ]
[ US /ˈseɪ/ ]
  1. the chance to speak
    let him have his say
  1. have or contain a certain wording or form
    The passage reads as follows
    What does the law say?
  2. 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
  3. report or maintain
    He said it was too late to intervene in the war
    The registrar says that I owe the school money
    He alleged that he was the victim of a crime
  4. state as one's opinion or judgement; declare
    I say let's forget this whole business
  5. utter aloud
    She said `Hello' to everyone in the office
  6. speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way
    She pronounces French words in a funny way
    Can the child sound out this complicated word?
    I cannot say `zip wire'
  7. communicate or express nonverbally
    Did his face say anything about how he felt?
    What does this painting say?
  8. recite or repeat a fixed text
    She said her `Hail Mary'
    Say grace
  9. 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?
  10. indicate
    The clock says noon
  11. express in words
    state your name
    He said that he wanted to marry her
    state your opinion
    tell me what is bothering you
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How To Use say In A Sentence

  • The poems, plays, and essays of the committed cultural nationalist are characterized by a markedly hortatory or didactic manner.
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  • Moreover, Mr Webb's point about what he calls disinterested management -- that is to say, the management of banks by officers whose remuneration bears no relation to the profit made on each piece of business transacted -- is one of the matters in which English banking seems likely at least to be modified. War-Time Financial Problems
  • China says it respects the legitimate status of President Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) while calling on Palestinian forces to end conflicts.
  • Suffice to say there are a few bruised knees. Times, Sunday Times
  • Hmm... a bit of Googling produces this short book review by Charles Solomon, which has the line: "As an essayist, Didion lacks the hyaline profundity of Susan Sontag or the classical erudition of Marguerite Yourcenar ... Making Light: Open thread 136
  • My poor Lirriper was a handsome figure of a man, with a beaming eye and a voice as mellow as a musical instrument made of honey and steel, but he had ever been a free liver being in the commercial travelling line and travelling what he called a limekiln road — “a dry road, Emma my dear,” my poor Lirriper says to me, “where I have to lay the dust with one drink or another all day long and half the night, and it wears me Emma” — and this led to his running through a good deal and might have run through the turnpike too when that dreadful horse that never would stand still for a single instant set off, but for its being night and the gate shut and consequently took his wheel, my poor Lirriper and the gig smashed to atoms and never spoke afterwards. Mrs. Lirriper's Lodgings
  • Yorkshire abused by such a pitiful prater; and when wrought up to a certain pitch, she would turn and say something of which neither the matter nor the manner recommended her to Mr. Donne's good - will. Shirley, by Charlotte Bronte
  • You may be trying to invoke the ‘echos from the supernal world’ but they're everywhere and where-ever people say they're doing magic there's a bit of truth there.
  • I can say with certainty that a lot of arms shipments have arrived during this peace period.
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