Definition of say in English:
verb (sayssez; past and past participle saidsed)
- All of us at some time in our lives have to stand up and say a few words in public, whether to give away a bride, move a vote of thanks or make a presentation.
- He struggled to recall clearly the words the priest had said to him almost a year earlier.
- Only now as I stood in the airport did I realise that she really had not understood a word I was saying.
- Chris, in a murder case we know the black and white letter of the law says the state does not have to prove motive.
- The text of the affidavit says that it was completed and signed by her.
- I got a text saying I had won £1000 and all I had to do was claim it by calling a number.
- The title says it all, because this is certainly a lot less dangerous.
- This is arguably the most persuasive riposte to the erroneous notion that Western cinema says it all.
- She says more in twenty-five words than many writers do in a thousand.
- The author of the report that was said to be prejudicial was called as a witness.
- They also adduced what was said to be a report from the local Meteorological Station.
- His failure, it is said, calls into question his motives in serving as a juror in the trial.
- Looking forward, he hopes the weather improves but says the prospects for milk prices don't look good.
- Well, it says a lot for a man in his early twenties to be able to give a voice to that indescribable pain that every adolescent girl experiences.
- Well, there is something to be said for watching a film on a 30 foot tall screen with surround sound.
- The funeral goes as planned, everyone says their speeches memorializing this woman to whom they now say goodbye forever.
- See, the difference between saying a speech in class and acting with my group is a really big one.
- Cameron had to say his speech in front of the class and he basically freaked out.
- Then go find someone else in a different line of work - say, someone with a home office.
- In this system, the taoiseach would be elected for a fixed term - say, four years.
- This scheme lends itself to the use of coins as scoring tokens; say, a nickel per point perhaps.
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- Listeners to radio will also be given an opportunity to have their say through phone-ins.
- Speaking as a politician at any venue is merely an opportunity for that man to have his say.
- And if you want to have your say, exchange ideas, opinions and experiences, it's the only place to be.
- Real partnership means all participants benefit and all have a say in developments.
- Can you also explain why Industry has a say in policy development.
- Lastly, keep in mind that children like variation and to have a say in what they do.
- 1go without saying
- Be obvious: it goes without saying that teachers must be selected with care[Translating French (cela) va sans dire]More example sentences
- It goes without saying that very few of these people have any specialized knowledge of African art history.
- It goes without saying that the sub-genre of rock opera lies uneasily within the larger categories of opera and rock music.
- It goes without saying that medicine has also seen some fantastic innovation during the last 20 years.
- 2have something to say for oneself
- Contribute to a conversation or discussion, especially as an explanation for one’s behavior or actions: haven’t you anything to say for yourself?More example sentences
- Like thousands of other people across webland, I've fancied starting a weblog for a while now, but only held back due to not really having a lot to say for myself.
- They have well-paid careers, are more in charge and have a lot to say for themselves.
- He'll have something to say for himself, I can tell you.
- 4I (or he, she, etc.) cannot (or could not) say
- I (or he, she, etc.) do not know.Example sentences
- He said the four doors of the ill-fated coach were bolted though he could not say whether they were closed from inside or outside.
- At this stage he cannot say if he will produce any more music, but if inspiration strikes, who knows.
- He thinks he got a touch of the ball but everything was happening in a blur and he cannot say for certain.
- 6I must (or have to) say
- I cannot refrain from saying (used to emphasize an opinion): you have a nerve, I must say!More example sentences
- I have to say, though, that their album is the most appropriately titled album that I can think of.
- I have to say that in general, the English do a much better job of translating books to film.
- I have to say, though, that as fond as I am of the show, I've not seen it for a while.
- 7I say!
- 8I wouldn't say no
- informal Used to indicate that one would like something.Example sentences
- Although right now, if someone were to offer me a plump chicken breast stuffed with prosciutto and smokey fontina cheese smothered in a crimini and heavy cream sauce, I wouldn't say no.
- All I said was that, if the he was hit with an injury crisis that robbed him of all his strikers and so came to me to fill-in for one game, I wouldn't say no.
- Well I've had a few rums, but I wouldn't say no.
- 9not to say
- Used to introduce a stronger alternative or addition to something already said: it is easy to become sensitive, not to say paranoidMore example sentences
- Were anyone to make such claims nowadays, they would be treated with considerable reserve, not to say great scepticism.
- In the United States each system had its determined, not to say bigoted, supporters.
- Emma is content, not to say downright pleased with herself.
- 11says you!
- 12say when
- informal Said when helping someone to food or drink to instruct them to indicate when they have enough.Example sentences
- When it comes to work, a lot of us have a little problem: we don't know when to say when.
- 13say the word
- Give permission or instructions to do something.Example sentences
- The minute he says the word, the throne is yours.
- And if there is anything else I can help you with, just say the word.
- ‘It's not far from here, but if you get tired, just say the word and I can carry you!’
- 14that is to say
- 15there is no saying
- It is impossible to know.Example sentences
- There is no saying what the effects might be: they might conceivably transform the world.
- And if she finds our hospitals Victorian, there is no saying what she might make of the atmosphere in some of England's most respected public schools, where discipline is often as heavily emphasised as education.
- And although Scotland occasionally leads in negotiations in Brussels, there is no saying how well recognised that is by partner countries which can exploit the UK's ambiguous position.
- 16they say
- It is rumored.Example sentences
- Like they say, there are stranger things in heaven and earth than we can imagine.
- Undoubtedly, they say, new technology will mean big changes in the ways films are watched and made.
- Cultural neglect, they say, reflects social neglect, and it becomes a vicious circle.
- 18to say the least
- see least.
- 19what do (or would) you say
- Used to make a suggestion or offer: what do you say to a glass of wine?More example sentences
- What would you say to a new record from the band?
- Liza, what would you say to leaving this business behind?
- What would you say to a nice cup of tea?
- 20when all is said and done
- When everything is taken into account (used to indicate that one is making a generalized judgment about a situation).Example sentences
- But when all is said and done, we have been blessed with one great big and beautiful country of which we can all be proud.
- It's kind of hard when you have to look and watch every dime that you make and difficult knowing that when all is said and done at the end of the day, you're just not going to have enough money.
- But when all is said and done, Moore is a millionaire, and the success of this movie will move him even further up the ladder.
- 21you can say that again!
- informal Used in spoken English to express emphatic agreement.Example sentences
- ‘Are you guys all right? I know that wasn't the smoothest car ride.’ ‘You can say that again,‘I said, my toe still throbbing.
- It's not something we can predict too far in advance. You can say that again.
- Jesse cocked his head to one side, muttering, ‘you can say that again’.
- Example sentences
- The challenge of translating the richness and complexity of Aeschylus's language into a poetically charged but sayable English that was still faithful to the original Greek did indeed distract me from the pain that I was living through.
- She pushes the limits of what is sayable, pushes the limits of language, and with them, the limits of law.
- What someone from one culture is thinking may not be fully sayable in the language of another culture.
- [usually in combination]: naysayersMore example sentences
- Until recently, our committee was full of sayers, not doers, and we didn't exactly work overtime to encourage youngsters to flock to the club.
- And before you know it, you'll hear all the nay-sayers talking about something else.
- Industrial interests are as capable of suppression as individual nay-sayers.
Old English secgan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zeggen and German sagen.
Old English secgan is of Germanic origin, related to Dutch zeggen and German sagen. Say, speak, and tell are near-synonyms but say is usually followed by the words or statement actually said, giving the verb the sense ‘utter, declare’. When all is said and done dates from the mid 16th century; to say it with flowers was an early 20th century advertising slogan of the Society of American Florists. You can say that again was originally a US usage from the 1940s. The phrase I say, I say, I say to introduce a joke is first recorded from the 1960s.
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