- 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."
say definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle 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
- sayer noun
say definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb said said , say·ing, says says verb, transitive
- To utter aloud; pronounce: The children said, “Good morning.”
- To express in words: Say what's on your mind.
- a. To state as one's 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.
- To repeat or recite: said grace.
- To report or maintain; allege.
- 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: Middle English seien, from Old English secgan; see sekw-3 in Indo-European roots.
- sayˈer noun
say - Phrases/Idioms
go without saying
that is to say
to say the least
you can say that again!
- Used preceding an utterance to call attention to it: I say, do you have the time?
- Used as an exclamation of surprise, delight, or dismay.
that is to say
to say nothing of
you can say that again