say /ˈse, ||ˈsɛ/
Say obs. imp. of See. Saw.
1. Trial by sample; assay; sample; specimen; smack. [Obs.]
If those principal works of God . . . be but certain tastes and says, as it were, of that final benefit. --Hooker.
Thy tongue some say of breeding breathes. --Shak.
2. Tried quality; temper; proof. [Obs.]
He found a sword of better say. --Spenser.
3. Essay; trial; attempt. [Obs.]
To give a say at, to attempt.
1. A kind of silk or satin. [Obs.]
Thou say, thou serge, nay, thou buckram lord! --Shak.
2. A delicate kind of serge, or woolen cloth. [Obs.]
His garment neither was of silk nor say. --Spenser.
Say, v. t. To try; to assay. [Obs.]
Say, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Said contracted from sayed; p. pr. & vb. n. Saying.]
1. 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. --Shak.
2. 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? --Shak.
After which shall be said or sung the following hymn. --Bk. of Com. Prayer.
3. 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. --Milton.
4. 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? --Shak.
It is said, or They say, it is commonly reported; it is rumored; people assert or maintain.
That is to say, that is; in other words; otherwise.
Say, v. i. To speak; to express an opinion; to make answer; to reply.
You have said; but whether wisely or no, let the forest judge. --Shak.
To this argument we shall soon have said; for what concerns it us to hear a husband divulge his household privacies? --Milton.
Say, n. A speech; something said; an expression of opinion; a current story; a maxim or proverb. [Archaic or Colloq.]
He no sooner said out his say, but up rises a cunning snap. --L'Estrange.
That strange palmer's boding say,
That fell so ominous and drear
Full on the object of his fear. --Sir W. Scott.
n : the chance to speak; "let him have his say"
v 1: express in words; "He said that he wanted to marry her";
"tell me what is bothering you"; "state your opinion";
"state your name" [syn: state, tell]
2: 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" [syn: allege,
3: 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?" [syn: suppose]
4: have or contain a certain wording or form; "The passage
reads as follows"; "What does the law say?" [syn: read]
5: state as one's opinion or judgement; declare; "I say let's
forget this whole business"
6: utter aloud; "She said `Hello' to everyone in the office"
7: 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" [syn: order, tell, enjoin]
8: 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?" [syn: pronounce,
articulate, enounce, sound out, enunciate]
9: recite or repeat a fixed text; "Say grace"; "She said her
10: communicate or express nonverbally; "What does this painting
say?"; "Did his face say anything about how he felt?"
11: indicate; "The clock says noon"