say Definition

  • 1to speak or utter words
  • 2to express in words
  • 3to state as an opinion or judgment

Using say: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "say" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I didn't say anything.

  • Example

    What did you say?

  • Example

    He said that he was tired.

  • Example

    She said she would be here at 9 o'clock.

say Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for say

Idioms Using say

  • be inclined to talk about oneself or one's achievements


    He has a lot to say for himself, always boasting about his accomplishments.

  • be unable or unwilling to speak or offer any information or opinions


    When asked about his whereabouts, he had nothing to say for himself.

  • say the word

    give permission or an order to do something


    If you need any help, just say the word and I'll be there.

Phrases with say

  • have the right or opportunity to express an opinion or make a decision


    Employees should have a say in how the company is run.

  • used to indicate that what one is saying is not to be taken literally


    The book was, so to say, a bestseller before it was even published.

  • used to introduce a more precise or explicit explanation of something already said or written


    The party was attended by many people, that is to say, more than a hundred.

Origins of say

from Old English 'secgan'


Summary: say in Brief

The verb 'say' [seɪ] means to speak or utter words, express in words, or state an opinion or judgment. It is used in various contexts, such as asking someone to repeat themselves ('What did you say?') or expressing an opinion ('He said that he was tired.'). 'Say' can also be used in phrases like 'have a say' and idioms like 'say the word.'

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