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Definition of 'say'

Noun

  1. the chance to speak; "let him have his say"

Verb

  1. express in words; "He said that he wanted to marry her"; "tell me what is bothering you"; "state your opinion"; "state your name"
       Synonyms: state tell
  2. report or maintain; "He alleged that he was the victim of a crime"; "He said it was too late to intervene in the war"; "The registrar says that I owe the school money"
       Synonyms: allege aver
  3. express a supposition; "Let us say that he did not tell the truth"; "Let's say you had a lot of money--what would you do?"
       Synonyms: suppose
  4. have or contain a certain wording or form; "The passage reads as follows"; "What does the law say?"
       Synonyms: read
  5. state as one's opinion or judgement; declare; "I say let's forget this whole business"
  6. utter aloud; "She said `Hello' to everyone in the office"
  7. give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority; "I said to him to go home"; "She ordered him to do the shopping"; "The mother told the child to get dressed"
       Synonyms: order tell enjoin
  8. speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way; "She pronounces French words in a funny way"; "I cannot say `zip wire'"; "Can the child sound out this complicated word?"
       Synonyms: pronounce articulate enounce sound out enunciate
  9. recite or repeat a fixed text; "Say grace"; "She said her `Hail Mary'"
  10. communicate or express nonverbally; "What does this painting say?"; "Did his face say anything about how he felt?"
  11. indicate; "The clock says noon"


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