AskDefine | Define say

Dictionary Definition

say n : the chance to speak; "let him have his say"


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

User Contributed Dictionary






  1. To pronounce
    Please say your name slowly and clearly.
  2. To recite
    Martha, will you say grace?
  3. To communicate, either verbally or in writing
    He said he would be here tomorrow.
  4. To indicate in a written form
    The sign says it's 50 kilometres to Paris.

Derived terms


to pronounce
to recite
  • Irish: abair
  • Japanese: 暗唱
to communicate verbally or in writing
to indicate in a written form
Translations to be checked

See also


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Extensive Definition

Say is to communicate orally. It can also refer to:
Say may also refer to:
say in French: Say
say in Italian: SAY
say in Japanese: SAY
say in Finnish: Say

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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