- Say means approximately or for example.
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.
An example of a say is the right to vote in a school election.
- Say is defined as to speak or express in words.
An example of to say is to greet a friend "Hello."
transitive verbsaid, saying, says
- to utter, pronounce, or speak
- to express in words; state; declare; tell
- to state positively, with assurance, or as an opinion: who can say what will be?
- to indicate or show: the clock says ten
- to recite; repeat: to say one's prayers
- to estimate; assume; hypothesize: he is, I'd say, forty
- to allege; report: people say he's angry
- to communicate (an idea, feeling, etc.): a painting that says nothing
Origin of sayMiddle English seien (; from origin, originally 3d person; personal (grammar) singular , present tense indicative ), seggen ; from Old English secgan, akin to sagu, a saying, tale (ON saga), German sagen, to say ; from Indo-European base an unverified form sekw-, to note, see, show, say (from source see, Classical Latin inseque (imper.), tell!), origin, originally , to follow from source Classical Latin sequi
- a chance to speak: to have one's say
- power or authority, as to make or help make a final decision: often with the
- Archaic what a person says; dictum
- for example: any fish, say perch
- about; nearly: costing, say, 10 dollars
go without saying
that is to say
to say the least
you can say that again!
verbsaid said , say·ing, says says
- To utter aloud; pronounce: The children said, “Good morning.”
- To express in words: Say what's on your mind.
- a. To state as an opinion or judgment; declare: I say let's eat out.b. To state as a determination of fact: It's hard to say who is right in this matter.c. To report or maintain; allege: It is said he is a fraud.
- To repeat or recite: said grace.
- a. To indicate; show: The clock says half past two.b. To give nonverbal expression to; signify or embody: It was an act that said “devotion.”
- To suppose; assume: Let's say that you're right.
- A turn or chance to speak: Having had my say, I sat down.
- The right or power to influence or make a decision: Citizens have a say in the councils of government. All I want is some say in the matter.
- Archaic Something said; a statement.
- Approximately: There were, say, 500 people present.
- For instance: a woodwind, say an oboe.
Origin of sayMiddle English seien, from Old English secgan; see sekw-3 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present says, present participle saying, simple past and past participle said)
- To pronounce.
- Please say your name slowly and clearly.
- To recite.
- Martha, will you say the Pledge of Allegiance?
- To communicate, either verbally or in writing.
- He said he would be here tomorrow.
- To indicate in a written form.
- The sign says it’s 50 kilometres to Paris.
- (impersonal) To have a common expression; used in singular passive voice or plural active voice to indicate a rumor or well-known fact.
- They say "when in Rome, do as the Romans do", which means "behave as those around you do."
- (informal, imperative) Let's say; used to mark an example, supposition or hypothesis.
- A holiday somewhere warm – Florida, say – would be nice.
- Say he refuses. What do we do then?
- (intransitive) To speak; to express an opinion; to make answer; to reply.
From Middle English seyen, seien, seggen, &c., from Old English secġan (“to say, speak”), from Proto-Germanic *sagjaną (“to say”), from Proto-Indo-European *sekʷ-, *sekʷe-, *skʷē- (“to tell, talk”). Cognate with West Frisian sizze (“to say”), Dutch zeggen (“to say”), German sagen (“to say”), Swedish säga (“to say”).
- (colloquial) Used to gain one's attention before making an inquiry or suggestion
- Say, what did you think about the movie?
- For example; let us assume.
- Pick a color you think they'd like, say, peach.
- He was driving pretty fast, say, fifty miles per hour.
- (informal) Used to introduce a hypothetical
- Say your family is starving and you don't have any money, is it ok to steal some food?
Grammaticalization of the verb. In the case of the conjunction, it could be considered an elision of "Let's say that" and for the "for example" sense of "Let's say"
(third-person singular simple present says, present participle saying, simple past and past participle sayed)
Aphetic form of assay.