• WordNet 3.6
    • v say 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"
    • v say 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?"
    • v say indicate "The clock says noon"
    • v say communicate or express nonverbally "What does this painting say?","Did his face say anything about how he felt?"
    • v say recite or repeat a fixed text "Say grace","She said her `Hail Mary'"
    • v say 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?"
    • v say utter aloud "She said `Hello' to everyone in the office"
    • v say express in words "He said that he wanted to marry her","tell me what is bothering you","state your opinion","state your name"
    • v say state as one's opinion or judgement; declare "I say let's forget this whole business"
    • v say 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"
    • v say have or contain a certain wording or form "The passage reads as follows","What does the law say?"
    • n say the chance to speak "let him have his say"
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Dad Got Down on his Knees and Tried to Say a Prayer 178 Dad Got Down on his Knees and Tried to Say a Prayer 178
What would Russell Sage say What would Russell Sage say
"Dum 'em, I say!" "Dum 'em, I say!"
And, strange to say, Arvilly wuzn't skairt a mite—she ruther enjoyed it And, strange to say, Arvilly wuzn't skairt a mite—she ruther enjoyed it
say, Cap, What Kind O' Bug is This?' 099 say, Cap, What Kind O' Bug is This?' 099
not 'less Ye Say 'bunker Hill.'' 155 not 'less Ye Say 'bunker Hill.'' 155
Imani listens to what the monkeys say Imani listens to what the monkeys say

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Another way to say "every 9 years" is Novennial
    • Say A delicate kind of serge, or woolen cloth. "His garment neither was of silk nor say ."
    • Say A kind of silk or satin. "Thou say , thou serge, nay, thou buckram lord!"
    • n Say A speech; something said; an expression of opinion; a current story; a maxim or proverb. "He no sooner said out his say , but up rises a cunning snap.""That strange palmer's boding say ,
      That fell so ominous and drear
      Full on the object of his fear."
    • Say Essay; trial; attempt.
    • imp Say Saw.
    • Say 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 ."
    • Say 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?"
    • Say 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 ?"
      "After which shall be said or sung the following hymn."
    • v. i Say To speak; to express an opinion; to make answer; to reply. "You have said ; but whether wisely or no, let the forest judge.""To this argument we shall soon have said ; for what concerns it us to hear a husband divulge his household privacies?"
    • v. t Say To try; to assay.
    • Say 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."
    • Say Trial by sample; assay; sample; specimen; smack. "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."
    • Say Tried quality; temper; proof. "He found a sword of better say ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Scientists say that babies that are breastfed are more likely to be slimmer as adults than those that are not breastfed
    • say To utter, express, declare, or pronounce in words, either orally or in writing; speak.
    • say To tell; make known or utter in words.
    • say To recount; repeat; rehearse; recite: as, to say a lesson or one's prayers; to say mass; to say grace.
    • say To call; declare or suppose to be.
    • say To utter as an opinion; decide; judge and determine.
    • say To suppose; assume to be true or correct; take for granted: often in an imperative form, in the sense of ‘let us say,’ ‘we may say,’ ‘we shall say’: as, the number left behind was not great, say only five.
    • say To gainsay; contradict; answer.
    • say Synonyms Say, Speak, Tell, State. Each of these words has its peculiar idiomatic uses. We speak an oration, and tell a story, but do not say either of them. We say prayers or a lesson, but do not speak or tell them, although the one praying may tell his beads. Say is the most common word before a quotation direct or indirect: Adam said, “This is now bone of my bones” (Gen. ii. 23); “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves” (1 John i. 8). Tell is often exactly synonymous with say to: as, tell (say to) him that I was called away. Speak draws its meanings from the idea of making audible; tell, from that of communicating. Tell is the only one of these words that may express a command. State is often erroneously used for simply saying: as, he stated that he could not come: state always implies detail, as of reasons, particulars; to state a case is to give it with particularity.
    • say To speak; declare; assert; express an opinion: as, so he says.
    • say To make answer; reply.
    • n say What one has to say; a speech; a story; something said; hence, an affirmation; a declaration; a statement.
    • n say Word; assurance.
    • n say A maxim; a saying; a saw.
    • n say Turn to say something, make a proposition, or reply: as, “It is now my say.”
    • n say Assay; trial by sample; sample; taste.
    • n say A cut made in a dead deer in order to find out how fat it is.
    • n say Tried quality; temper; proof.
    • n say In hunting, to make a cut down the belly of a dead deer in order to see how fat it is.
    • say To assay; test.
    • say To essay; attempt; endeavor; try.
    • n say A kind of silk or satin.
    • n say A kind of serge. In the sixteenth century it seems to have been a fine thin cloth used for outer garments.
    • n say A strainer for milk.
    • n say An obsolete preterit of see.
    • n say In poker, the turn of a player to declare whether or not he will ante.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: People who have eaten beetles say that it tastes like apples
    • v.t Say to utter in words: to speak: to declare: to state: to answer: to rehearse: to recite: to take for granted
    • v.i Say to speak: to relate: to state:—pa.t. and pa.p. said (sed)
    • n Say something said: a remark: a speech: a saw
    • n Say (Spens.) assay, proof, temper (of a sword):
    • v.t Say to assay, to try
    • n Say a thin kind of silk: a kind of woollen stuff
    • adj Say (Shak.) silken
    • n Say (Scot.) a strainer for milk.
    • n Say (Shak.) taste, relish: a sample: trial by sample
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  • John Cage
    John Cage
    “If someone says can't, that shows you what to do.”
  • Golda Meir
    “Whether women are better than men I cannot say, but I can say they are certainly no worse.”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
    “A man does not know what he is saying until he knows what he is not saying.”
  • Claudius
    “Say not always what you know, but always know what you say.”
  • Mark Twain
    “If you have nothing to say, say nothing.”
  • Edward M. Forster
    “How can I know what I think till I see what I say?”


Before you can say Jack Robinson - The term Jack Robinson represents 'a short amount of time'. When you do something before you can say Jack Robinson, you do it very quickly.
Before you can say knife - (UK) If something happens before you can say knife, it happens very quickly.
Never say die - When someone says "Never Say Die", it means that you shouldn't give up hope.
Say uncle - (USA) If you say uncle, you admit defeat. ('Cry uncle' is an alternative form.)
Say when - People say this when pouring a drink as a way of telling you to tell them when there's enough in your glass.
Say-so - If you do something on someone else's say-so, you do it on the authority, advice or recommendation.
Saying is one thing; doing is another - It's harder to do something than it is to say that you will do it.
You can say that again - If you want to agree strongly with what someone has said, you can say 'You can say that again' as a way of doing so.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. seggen, seyen, siggen, sayen, sayn, AS. secgan,; akin to OS. seggian, D. zeggen, LG. seggen, OHG. sagēn, G. sagen, Icel. segja, Sw. säga, Dan. sige, Lith. sakyti,; cf. OL. insece, tell, relate, Gr. 'e`nnepefor 'en-sepe), 'e`spete. Cf. Saga Saw a saying
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A contr. of assay.


In literature:

They say `there's no place like home,' but I say there's no place like this.
"Jack at Sea" by George Manville Fenn
I know the gentleman,' says Mr Powell as serious as a judge.
"Chance" by Joseph Conrad
Him say Uncle Steve say all things bad must be kill.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
She never does, when people say funny things; and she never says funny things herself.
"Out in the Forty-Five" by Emily Sarah Holt
I say, say something.
"Dead Man's Land" by George Manville Fenn
I shan't say what I've got to say a bit the better for delaying it.
"Miss Mackenzie" by Anthony Trollope
You say, `No,' and I say, `Yes,' and there is an end of it.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
Now, I dare say many who are listening to me are saying in their hearts, 'Oh!
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
I had something to say to him, but I might say it to you, if you will hear me?
"Allison Bain" by Margaret Murray Robertson
He is holding father's stick in his hand, and says he has come to take us over home.
"A Confederate Girl's Diary" by Sarah Margan Dawson

In poetry:

But I love you.
Do you love me.
What to say
when you see me.
"A Form Of Women" by Robert Creeley
Triumph and reign, victorious Lord,
By all the flaming hosts adored;
And say, dear Couqueror, say how long
Ere we shall rise to join their song.
"Hymn 43 part 1" by Isaac Watts
Yes, I adore thee, William Lamb,
But hate to hear thee say God d—-:
Frenchmen, say English cry d—- d—-
But why swear'st thou?—thou art a Lamb!
"To William Lamb" by Lady Caroline Lamb
Words will not say what I yearn to say--
They will not walk as I want them to,
But they stumble and fall in the path of the way
Of my telling my love for you.
"A Scrawl" by James Whitcomb Riley
The colored tents all topple in the bay;
The magic saw dust writes: address unknown.
The telegram says you have gone away;
There is nothing more for me to say.
"Denouement Villanelle" by Sylvia Plath
They brought me Lethe's water, saying, 'Drink!'
'Drink, for the draught is sweet,' I heard them say,
'Shalt learn how soft a thing forgetting is.'
I answered : 'Nay.'
"Translated from Geibel" by Amy Levy

In news:

Philadelphia native Johnathan Blake got his start at the age of 6, playing a violin duet of "Many Ways to Say I Love You" on Mr Rogers' Neighborhood with his father, jazz violinist John Blake Jr Before long, he was saying it with drumsticks.
Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels (R) says the Republican House Speaker is trying to be patient, and so is he but he says this type of behavior should not be condoned.
In my family, when somebody says something funny but useless, we say.
I can't believe I'm saying it, but I'm saying it: Tony Gwynn Jr should start.
Rock & roll veteran Simon Stokes knows all about the latter: "I've had quite a few people come up to me and say, 'When I was a kid, in my school, they burned your records,'" he says.
Stephanie Hiller Says New Mexicans Should Say No to Nukes.
The Department of Environmental Conservation says no, but an attorney for area landowners says yes.
"I don't like people that, when I'm walking the streets, say I'm gay," says Charles Jackson, an out homosexual and one of the producers of Warehouse's hip-hop night.
"I don't see how anybody could believe what that man says," says the rapper Ice Cube of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
Keynesians say yes, others say no.
I am saying all this to say that my mother is a single mother and is the breadwinner of our family.
If a coach says something negative, he's saying something bad about a guy he's reliant on, and that's rarely kosher in the NFL.
From 38 applications for One-Cent Community Project funds Casper City Council has pared down a preliminary list to 19, but, Pete Meyers, administrative analyst for the city says its still too early to say who's really made the cut.
Police say they've arrested a San Fernando Valley man they say stole an SUV in Simi Valley, and then carjacked a second vehicle.
An expert explains what you're saying when you're not saying anything at all.

In science:

In Type 0B theory one starts with a stack of N D3 branes of one type (say, electric) and N of the other (say, magnetic).
AdS/CFT Correspondence and Type 0 String Theory
We say that type-unifying traversal [LVK00] is needed because the results of ( I I I ) –(V ) are of a fixed, say a uni fied type.
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies
Saying that bf is not onto is the same thing as saying that there exists a g (−) ∈ Y T such that for all t′ ∈ T the function bf (t′ ) = f (−, t′ ) : T −→ Y is not the same as the function g (−) : T −→ Y .
A Universal Approach to Self-Referential Paradoxes, Incompleteness and Fixed Points
Saying “ (x , x ′ ) is in the set (de fined by P ) ” is equivalent to saying “ P (x , x ′) is true ”.
Logic-Based Specification Languages for Intelligent Software Agents
To say that ϕ is an isomorphism of R-Lie superalgebras is equivalent to saying that eϕ = Id.
Automorphisms and twisted loop algebras of finite dimensional simple Lie superalgebras