What is the meaning of say?


  • The chance to speak.
    • usage: "let him have his say"


  • Express in words.
    • usage: "He said that he wanted to marry her"; "tell me what is bothering you"; "state your opinion"; "state your name"
  • Report or maintain.
    • usage: "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"
  • Express a supposition.
    • usage: "Let us say that he did not tell the truth"; "Let's say you had a lot of money-what would you do"
  • Have or contain a certain wording or form.
    • usage: "The passage reads as follows"; "What does the law say"
  • Give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority.
    • usage: "I said to him to go home"; "She ordered him to do the shopping"; "The mother told the child to get dressed"
  • Speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way.
    • usage: "She pronounces French words in a funny way"; "I cannot say `zip wire'"; "Can the child sound out this complicated word"
  • Communicate or express nonverbally.
    • usage: "What does this painting say"; "Did his face say anything about how he felt"
  • Utter aloud.
    • usage: "She said `Hello' to everyone in the office"
  • State as one's opinion or judgement; declare.
    • usage: "I say let's forget this whole business"
  • Recite or repeat a fixed text.
    • usage: "Say grace"; "She said her `Hail Mary'"
  • Indicate.
    • usage: "The clock says noon"
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APAWordNet. (2010). say. Retrieved May 26, 2018, from http://smartdefine.org/say/definitions/1247088
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "say" http://smartdefine.org/say/definitions/1247088 (accessed May 26, 2018).
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