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1 say /ˈseɪ/ verb
says /ˈsɛz/ ; said /ˈsɛd/ ; saying /ˈsejɪŋ/
1 say
/ˈseɪ/
verb
says /ˈsɛz/ ; said /ˈsɛd/ ; saying /ˈsejɪŋ/
Learner's definition of SAY
: to use your voice to express (something) with words
[+ object]
[no object]
[+ object] : to express (an opinion)
: to express (a fact) with certainty
[+ object]
[no object]
◊ This sense is often used in indirect questions beginning with who to express disagreement or to say that something cannot be known for sure.
: to give (an order) : to tell someone to do (something)
[+ object]
[no object]
[+ object] : to pronounce (a word)
[+ object] : to repeat or recite (something)
[+ object] : to use written words to give (information)
[+ object] : to show or indicate (something) by using numbers, pictures, etc.
[+ object] : to express (a meaning, emotion, etc.) without using words
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used to suggest an example or possibility
used to suggest a possible or approximate amount, value, etc.

can't say fairer than that

British, informal
used to say that you cannot make a better offer than the one you have made

enough said

see 3enough

fair to say

see 1fair

go without saying

: to be obvious and true

hasten to say

see hasten

have anything/something (etc.) to say about

: to have an opinion to express about (something)
: to have the ability to influence (something)

have something/nothing/much (etc.) to say for yourself

: to be able or unable to say something that explains what you are doing, have done, etc.

having said that

or that said
: despite what I just said

I dare say

see 1dare

if I may say so

also if I might say so
used to express criticism or disagreement in a polite way

if I say so myself

used when you are saying something that praises your own work, skill, etc.

I hear what you're saying

see hear

I'll say

informal
used to indicate that you completely agree with something just said

I say

British, old-fashioned
used to express surprise, shock, etc.
used to attract the attention of someone

needless to say

see needless

never say die

see 1die

never say never

see never

not to say

used to introduce a more forceful or critical way of describing someone or something

say cheese

see cheese

say no

: to say that you will not accept or agree to something
often + to

say something/little/a lot (etc.) for

: to show that (someone or something) does or does not deserve to be praised, admired, etc.

say the word

see 1word

say what

US, informal
used to express surprise at what someone has just said

say yes

: to say that you accept or agree to something often + to

say your piece

see 1piece

suffice (it) to say

see suffice

that is to say

see 1that

that said

see having said that (above)

that's not saying much

used to indicate that a fact, achievement, etc., is not unusual or impressive

there is something/a lot/much (etc.) to be said for

used to indicate that something has advantages which deserve to be considered when you are thinking about what to do

to say nothing of

used when referring to another thing that relates to what you have just said

to say the least

see 2least

when all is said and done

see 3all

you can say that again

informal
used to indicate that you completely agree with something just said

you don't say

used to express surprise
often used ironically to show that you are not at all surprised by something

you might say

used to suggest a possible way of describing or thinking about something

you said it

informal
used to indicate that you completely agree with something just said
2 say /ˈseɪ/ noun
2 say
/ˈseɪ/
noun
Learner's definition of SAY
[singular] : an opportunity to express your opinion
: the power to decide or help decide something
[singular]
usually + in
[noncount]
3 say /ˈseɪ/ interjection
3 say
/ˈseɪ/
interjection
Learner's definition of SAY
chiefly US, informal
used to express surprise, shock, etc.
used to attract the attention of someone
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