An example of a say is the right to vote in a school election.
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.
Having had my say, I sat down.
Citizens have a say in the councils of government. All I want is some say in the matter.
There were, say, 500 people present.
A woodwind, say an oboe.
Any fish, say perch.
Who can say what will be?
The clock says ten.
To say one's prayers.
He is, I'd say, forty.
People say he's angry.
A painting that says nothing.
To have one's say.
An example of to say is to greet a friend "Hello."
The story must be true because the teacher said so.
Costing, say, 10 dollars.
The sign says it's 50 kilometres to Paris.
They say "when in Rome, do as the Romans do", which means "behave as those around you do."
A holiday somewhere warm - Florida, say - would be nice.
Say he refuses. What do we do then?
Say, what did you think about the movie?
Pick a color you think they'd like, say, peach.
He was driving pretty fast, say, fifty miles per hour.
Say your family is starving and you don't have any money, is it ok to steal some food?
The children said, “Good morning.”
Say what's on your mind.
Let's say that you're right.
- 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.
- In other words.
- 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.
- Used to express strong agreement with what has just been said.
- To be too obvious to need explanation; be self-evident.
- Though some might say.A thorough, not to say pedantic, report.
- What did you say?.
- Tell me when to stop!.
- In other words; that means.
- To understate.
- I agree with you!.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
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 sÃ¤ga (“to say").
- 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"
- Aphetic form of assay.