Say is defined as to speak or express in words.(verb)
An example of to say is to greet a friend "Hello."
Say means approximately or for example.(adverb)
An example of say used as an adverb is to make a statement using the word "say" before the actual estimate such as, "That ice cream cone has, say, 700 calories," which means the ice cream cone has about 700 calories.
The definition of a say is the right to speak or choose.(noun)
An example of a say is the right to vote in a school election.
See say in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME seien (< orig. 3d pers. sing., pres. indic.), seggen < OE secgan, akin to sagu, a saying, tale (ON saga), Ger sagen, to say < IE base *sekw-, to note, see, show, say (> see, L inseque (imper.), tell!), orig., to follow > L sequi
See say in American Heritage Dictionary 4
verb said said (sĕd), say·ing, says says (sĕz) verb, transitive
Origin: Middle English seien
Origin: , from Old English secgan; see sekw-3 in Indo-European roots.
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