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1say

verb \ˈsā, Southern also ˈse\

: to use your voice to express (something) with words

: to express (an opinion)

: to express (a fact) with certainty

said \ˈsed, especially when subject follows səd\ say·ing \ˈsā-iŋ\ says \ˈsez, sometimes ˈsāz, especially when subject follows səz\

Full Definition of SAY

transitive verb
1
a :  to express in words :  state
b :  to state as opinion or belief :  declare
2
a :  utter, pronounce
b :  recite, repeat <say your prayers>
3
a :  indicate, show <the clock says five minutes after twelve>
b :  to give expression to :  communicate <a glance that said all that was necessary>
4
:  suppose, assume <let's say you're right>
intransitive verb
:  to express oneself :  speak
say·er \ˈsā-ər, ˈser\ noun
say uncle
:  to admit defeat
that is to say
:  in other words :  in effect
to say nothing of
:  not to mention :  and notably in addition <will need more time, to say nothing of money>

Examples of SAY

  1. Is anybody there? he said.
  2. Good morning, said the woman behind the counter.
  3. I said three words before he interrupted me again.
  4. I just stopped by to say hello.
  5. He left without saying goodbye.
  6. I wanted to say thank you for all you've done for me.
  7. She said something about going to the store after work.
  8. He said something in French.
  9. Anything you say to the police can be used as evidence against you.
  10. Don't believe a word he says.

Origin of SAY

Middle English, from Old English secgan; akin to Old High German sagēn to say, Lithuanian sakyti, Greek ennepein to speak, tell
First Known Use: before 12th century

2say

noun

: an opportunity to express your opinion

: the power to decide or help decide something

plural says \ˈsāz, Southern also ˈsez\

Full Definition of SAY

1
archaic :  something that is said :  statement
2
:  an expression of opinion <had my say>
3
:  a right or power to influence action or decision; especially :  the authority to make final decisions

Examples of SAY

  1. Everybody had a say at the meeting.
  2. We won't make a decision until all members have had their say.
  3. The judge will have the final say on the divorce settlement.
  4. He had no say in the matter.

First Known Use of SAY

1571

3say

adverb

Definition of SAY

1
:  about, approximately <the property is worth, say, four million dollars>
2
:  for example :  as <if we compress any gas, say oxygen>

Examples of SAY

  1. <a person consumes, say, 2000 calories a day>

Origin of SAY

from imperative of 1say
First Known Use: circa 1596
SAY Defined for Kids

1say

verb \ˈsā\
said \ˈsed\say·ing \ˈsā-iŋ\

Definition of SAY for Kids

1
:  to express in words <He said that she would be late.> <What does the card say?>
2
:  to state as an opinion or decision :  declare <I say you are wrong.>
3
:  1repeat 2, recite <I said my prayers.>
4
:  indicate 2, show <The clock says half past ten.>
5
:  to consider as a possibility or example <Can you spare, say, 20 dollars?>

2say

noun

Definition of SAY for Kids

1
:  an expression of opinion <We all had a say at the meeting.>
2
:  the power to decide or help decide <We had no say in the matter.>

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