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SAY (said)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does say mean? 

SAY (noun)
  The noun SAY has 1 sense:

1. the chance to speak

  Familiarity information: SAY used as a noun is very rare.


SAY (verb)
  The verb SAY has 11 senses:

1. express in words
2. report or maintain
3. express a supposition
4. have or contain a certain wording or form
5. state as one's opinion or judgement; declare
6. utter aloud
7. give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority
8. speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way
9. recite or repeat a fixed text
10. communicate or express nonverbally
11. indicate

  Familiarity information: SAY used as a verb is familiar.


 Dictionary entry details 


SAY (noun)


Sense 1say [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The chance to speak

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Context example:

let him have his say

Hypernyms ("say" is a kind of...):

chance; opportunity (a possibility due to a favorable combination of circumstances)


SAY (verb)


Sense 1say [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Express in words

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

tell; state; say

Context examples:

He said that he wanted to marry her / tell me what is bothering you / state your opinion / state your name

Hypernyms (to "say" is one way to...):

express; give tongue to; utter; verbalise; verbalize (articulate; either verbally or with a cry, shout, or noise)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "say"):

declare (make a declaration (of dutiable goods) to a customs official)

mention; note; observe; remark (make mention of)

add; append; supply (state or say further)

explain (define)

give (convey or reveal information)

sum; sum up; summarise; summarize (be a summary of)

declare (state emphatically and authoritatively)

get out (express with difficulty)

articulate; enunciate; vocalise; vocalize (express or state clearly)

announce; declare (announce publicly or officially)

introduce; precede; preface; premise (furnish with a preface or introduction)

answer; reply; respond (reply or respond to)

misstate (state something incorrectly)

lay out; present; represent (bring forward and present to the mind)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Sense 2say [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Report or maintain

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

allege; aver; say

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "say" is one way to...):

assert; asseverate; maintain (state categorically)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "say"):

plead (make an allegation in an action or other legal proceeding, especially answer the previous pleading of the other party by denying facts therein stated or by alleging new facts)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Sentence example:

They say that there was a traffic accident


Sense 3say [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Express a supposition

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

suppose; say

Context examples:

Let us say that he did not tell the truth / Let's say you had a lot of money--what would you do?

Hypernyms (to "say" is one way to...):

speculate (talk over conjecturally, or review in an idle or casual way and with an element of doubt or without sufficient reason to reach a conclusion)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Sense 4say [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Have or contain a certain wording or form

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

read; say

Context examples:

The passage reads as follows / What does the law say?

Hypernyms (to "say" is one way to...):

feature; have (have as a feature)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s Adjective/Noun
Something ----s something


Sense 5say [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

State as one's opinion or judgement; declare

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

I say let's forget this whole business

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Sense 6say [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Utter aloud

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

She said 'Hello' to everyone in the office

Hypernyms (to "say" is one way to...):

express; give tongue to; utter; verbalise; verbalize (articulate; either verbally or with a cry, shout, or noise)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 7say [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

order; enjoin; tell; say

Context examples:

I said to him to go home / She ordered him to do the shopping / The mother told the child to get dressed

Hypernyms (to "say" is one way to...):

request (ask (a person) to do something)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "say"):

direct (command with authority)

instruct (give instructions or directions for some task)

command; compel; require (make someone do something)

call; send for (order, request, or command to come)

warn (ask to go away)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Sense 8say [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

sound out; pronounce; enunciate; enounce; articulate; say

Context examples:

She pronounces French words in a funny way / I cannot say 'zip wire' / Can the child sound out this complicated word?

"Say" entails doing...:

mouth; speak; talk; utter; verbalise; verbalize (express in speech)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "say"):

vocalise; vocalize; vowelise; vowelize (pronounce as a vowel)

accent; accentuate; stress (put stress on; utter with an accent)

lisp (speak with a lisp)

labialise; labialize; round (pronounce with rounded lips)

click (produce a click)

trill (pronounce with a trill, of the phoneme 'r')

sibilate (pronounce with an initial sibilant)

flap (pronounce with a flap, of alveolar sounds)

explode (cause to burst as a result of air pressure; of stop consonants like /p/, /t/, and /k/)

roll (pronounce with a roll, of the phoneme /r/)

drawl (lengthen and slow down or draw out)

syllabise; syllabize (utter with distinct articulation of each syllable)

subvocalise; subvocalize (articulate without making audible sounds)

twang (pronounce with a nasal twang)

devoice (utter with tense vocal chords)

raise (pronounce (vowels) by bringing the tongue closer to the roof of the mouth)

lilt (articulate in a very careful and rhythmic way)

palatalise; palatalize (pronounce a consonant with the tongue against the palate)

nasalise; nasalize (speak nasally or through the nose)

mispronounce; misspeka (pronounce a word incorrectly)

aspirate (pronounce with aspiration; of stop sounds)

sound; vocalise; vocalize; voice (utter with vibrating vocal chords)

retroflex (articulate (a consonant) with the tongue curled back against the palate)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 9say [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Recite or repeat a fixed text

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context examples:

Say grace / She said her 'Hail Mary'

Hypernyms (to "say" is one way to...):

recite (repeat aloud from memory)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 10say [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Communicate or express nonverbally

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context examples:

What does this painting say? / Did his face say anything about how he felt?

Hypernyms (to "say" is one way to...):

convey; impart (make known; pass on, of information)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 11say [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Indicate

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

The clock says noon

Hypernyms (to "say" is one way to...):

read; record; register; show (indicate a certain reading; of gauges and instruments)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


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