Meaning of say
— v., adv., n., interj. said, say•ing,
- to utter or pronounce; speak: What did you say? I said “Hello!”
- to express in words; state; declare; word: Say it clearly and simply. It's hard to know how to say this tactfully.
- to state as an opinion or judgment: I say her plan is the better one.
- to be certain, precise, or assured about; determine: It is hard to say what is wrong.
- to recite or repeat: to say one's prayers.
- to report or allege; maintain: People say he will resign.
- to express (a message, viewpoint, etc.), as through a literary or other artistic medium: a writer with something to say.
- to indicate or show: What does your watch say?
- to assume as a hypothesis or estimate: Let's say, for the sake of argument, that it's true.
- to speak; declare; express an opinion.
- that is what is meant; in other words: I believe his account of the story, that is to say, I have no reason to doubt it.
- approximately; about: It's, say, 14 feet long.
- for example: If you serve, say tuna fish and potato chips, it will cost much less.
- what a person says or has to say.
- the right or opportunity to speak, decide, or exercise influence: to have one's say in choosing the candidate.
- a turn to say something: It is now my say.
- (used to express surprise, get attention, etc.)
— v.t., n. Brit. Dial.
- a thin silk or woolen fabric similar to serge, much used in the 16th century.
- 1767–1832, French economist. Cf.
- 1787–1834, U.S. entomologist.
- say (Thesaurus)