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Meaning of SAY

Pronunciation:  sey

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the chance to speak; "let him have his say"
  2. [v]  communicate or express nonverbally; "What does this painting say?"; "Did his face say anything about how he felt?"
  3. [v]  give instructions to or direct somebody to do something; "I said to him to go home"; "She ordered him to do the shopping"; "The mother told the child to get dressed"
  4. [v]  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?"
  5. [v]  indicate; "The clock says noon"
  6. [v]  recite or repeat a fixed text; "Say grace"; "She said her `Hail Mary'"
  7. [v]  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?"
  8. [v]  utter aloud; "She said 'Hello' to everyone in the office"
  9. [v]  express in words; "He said that he wanted to marry her"; "tell me what is bothering you"; "state your opinion"; "state your name"
  10. [v]  state as one's opinion or judgement; declare; "I say let's forget this whole business"
  11. [v]  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"
  12. [v]  have or contain a certain wording or form; "The passage reads as follows"; "What does the law say?"

SAY is a 3 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: allege, articulate, aver, enjoin, enounce, enunciate, order, pronounce, read, sound out, state, suppose, tell
 See Also: accent, accentuate, add, announce, answer, append, aspirate, assert, asseverate, call, chance, click, command, compel, convey, declare, devoice, direct, drawl, explain, explode, express, feature, flap, get out, give, give tongue to, have, impart, instruct, introduce, labialise, labialize, lay out, lilt, lisp, maintain, mention, mispronounce, misstate, mouth, nasalise, nasalize, note, observe, opportunity, palatalise, palatalize, plead, preface, premise, present, raise, read, recite, record, register, remark, reply, represent, request, require, respond, retroflex, roll, round, send for, show, sibilate, sound, speak, speculate, stress, subvocalise, subvocalize, sum, sum up, summarise, summarize, supply, syllabise, syllabize, talk, trill, twang, utter, verbalise, verbalize, vocalise, vocalize, voice, vowelise, vowelize, warn



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Say\ (s[=a]), obs. imp. of {See}.
    Saw. --Chaucer.
  2. \Say\ (s[=a]), n. [Aphetic form of assay.]
    1. Trial by sample; assay; sample; specimen; smack. [Obs.]
             If those principal works of God . . . be but certain
             tastes and says, as it were, of that final benefit.
             Thy tongue some say of breeding breathes. --Shak.
    2. Tried quality; temper; proof. [Obs.]
             He found a sword of better say.       --Spenser.
    3. Essay; trial; attempt. [Obs.]
    {To give a say at}, to attempt. --B. Jonson.
  3. \Say\, v. t.
    To try; to assay. [Obs.] --B. Jonson.
  4. \Say\, n. [OE. saie, F. saie, fr. L. saga, equiv. to sagum,
    sagus, a coarse woolen mantle; cf. Gr. sa`gos. See {Sagum}.]
    1. A kind of silk or satin. [Obs.]
             Thou say, thou serge, nay, thou buckram lord!
    2. A delicate kind of serge, or woolen cloth. [Obs.]
             His garment neither was of silk nor say. --Spenser.
  5. \Say\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Said} (s[e^]d), contracted from
    sayed; p. pr. & vb. n. {Saying}.] [OE. seggen, seyen, siggen,
    sayen, sayn, AS. secgan; akin to OS. seggian, D. zeggen, LG.
    seggen, OHG. sag[=e]n, G. sagen, Icel. segja, Sw. s["a]ga,
    Dan. sige, Lith. sakyti; cf. OL. insece tell, relate, Gr.
    'e`nnepe (for 'en-sepe), 'e`spete. Cf. {Saga}, {Saw} a
    1. To utter or express in words; to tell; to speak; to
       declare; as, he said many wise things.
             Arise, and say how thou camest here.  --Shak.
    2. To repeat; to rehearse; to recite; to pronounce; as, to
       say a lesson.
             Of my instruction hast thou nothing bated In what
             thou hadst to say?                    --Shak.
             After which shall be said or sung the following
             hymn.                                 --Bk. of Com.
    3. To announce as a decision or opinion; to state positively;
       to assert; hence, to form an opinion upon; to be sure
       about; to be determined in mind as to.
             But what it is, hard is to say.       --Milton.
    4. To mention or suggest as an estimate, hypothesis, or
       approximation; hence, to suppose; -- in the imperative,
       followed sometimes by the subjunctive; as, he had, say
       fifty thousand dollars; the fox had run, say ten miles.
             Say, for nonpayment that the debt should double, Is
             twenty hundred kisses such a trouble? --Shak.
    {It is said}, or {They say}, it is commonly reported; it is
       rumored; people assert or maintain.
    {That is to say}, that is; in other words; otherwise.
  6. \Say\, v. i.
    To speak; to express an opinion; to make answer; to reply.
          You have said; but whether wisely or no, let the forest
          judge.                                   --Shak.
          To this argument we shall soon have said; for what
          concerns it us to hear a husband divulge his household
          privacies?                               --Milton.
  7. \Say\, n. [From {Say}, v. t.; cf. {Saw} a saying.]
    A speech; something said; an expression of opinion; a current
    story; a maxim or proverb. [Archaic or Colloq.]
          He no sooner said out his say, but up rises a cunning
          snap.                                    --L'Estrange.
          That strange palmer's boding say, That fell so ominous
          and drear Full on the object of his fear. --Sir W.
Computing Dictionary

A human may "say" things to a computer by typing them on a terminal. "To list a directory verbosely, say "ls -l"." Tends to imply a newline-terminated command (a "sentence").

A computer may "say" things to you, even if it doesn't have a speech synthesiser, by displaying them on a terminal in response to your commands. This usage often confuses mundanes.

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