Say meaning

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.

noun
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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.

adverb
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A turn or chance to speak.

Having had my say, I sat down.

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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.

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Approximately.

There were, say, 500 people present.

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For instance.

A woodwind, say an oboe.

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For example.

Any fish, say perch.

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Used to express surprise or appeal for someone's attention.
interjection
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To utter, pronounce, or speak.
verb
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To express in words; state; declare; tell.
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To state positively, with assurance, or as an opinion.

Who can say what will be?

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To indicate or show.

The clock says ten.

verb
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To recite; repeat.

To say one's prayers.

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To estimate; assume; hypothesize.

He is, I'd say, forty.

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To allege; report.

People say he's angry.

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To communicate (an idea, feeling, etc.)

A painting that says nothing.

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To make a statement; speak; express an opinion.
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A chance to speak.

To have one's say.

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Power or authority, as to make or help make a final decision.
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What a person says; dictum.
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Say is defined as to speak or express in words.

An example of to say is to greet a friend "Hello."

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Something said; a statement.
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To repeat or recite.

Said grace.

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To make a statement or express an opinion or judgment.

The story must be true because the teacher said so.

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About; nearly.

Costing, say, 10 dollars.

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Used to express surprise, admiration, etc., or to get someone's attention.
interjection
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Please say your name slowly and clearly.

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To recite.

Martha, will you say the Pledge of Allegiance?

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To communicate, either verbally or in writing.

He said he would be here tomorrow.

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To indicate in a written form.

The sign says it's 50 kilometres to Paris.

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(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."

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(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?

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(intransitive) To speak; to express an opinion; to make answer; to reply.
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One's stated opinion or input into a discussion or decision.
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(colloquial) Used to gain one's attention before making an inquiry or suggestion.

Say, what did you think about the movie?

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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.

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(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?

conjunction
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A type of fine cloth similar to serge.
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To try; to assay.

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Trial by sample; assay; specimen.
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Tried quality; temper; proof.
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Essay; trial; attempt.

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To utter aloud; pronounce.

The children said, “Good morning.”

verb
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To express in words.

Say what's on your mind.

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To suppose; assume.

Let's say that you're right.

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I say
  • 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.
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that is to say
  • In other words.
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to say nothing of
  • And there is no need to mention. Used to allude to things that fill out an idea or argument:.
    The yard is a mess, to say nothing of the house.
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you can say that again
  • Used to express strong agreement with what has just been said.
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go without saying
  • To be too obvious to need explanation; be self-evident.
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not to say
  • Though some might say.
    A thorough, not to say pedantic, report.
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say what?
  • What did you say?.
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say when!
  • Tell me when to stop!.
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that is to say
  • In other words; that means.
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to say the least
  • To understate.
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you can say that again!
  • I agree with you!.
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Origin of say

  • Middle English seien from Old English secgan sekw-3 in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English seyen, seien, seggen, &c., from Old English secÄ¡an (“to say, speak"), from Proto-Germanic *sagjanÄ… (“to say"), from Proto-Indo-European *sekÊ·-, *sekÊ·e-, *skÊ·Ä“- (“to tell, talk"). Cognate with West Frisian sizze (“to say"), Dutch zeggen (“to say"), German sagen (“to say"), Swedish säga (“to say").
    From Wiktionary
  • 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"
    From Wiktionary
  • From Middle French saie, from Latin saga, plural of sagum (“military cloak").
    From Wiktionary
  • Aphetic form of assay.
    From Wiktionary