[ 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

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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
  • I must give one instance; he throws doubts and sneers at my saying that the ovigerous frena of cirripedes have been converted into branchiae, because I have not found them to be branchiae; whereas he himself admits, before I wrote on cirripedes, without the least hesitation, that their organs are branchiae. Alfred Russel Wallace Letters and Reminiscences
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  • Some might say, at worst, armed insurrection. Times, Sunday Times
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