Definition and Meanings for say

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Part of Speech of say

imperfect, noun, transitive verb, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, intransitive verb

Etymology of say

aphetic form of assay oe. saie, f. saie, fr. l. saga, equiv. to sagum, sagus, a coarse woolen mantle; cf. gr. sa`gos. see sagum oe. seggen, seyen, siggen, sayen, sayn, as. secgan; akin to os. seggian, d. zeggen, lg. seggen, ohg. sag, g. sagen, icel. segja, sw. s, dan. sige, lith. sakyti; cf. ol. insece tell, relate, gr. 'e`nnepe (for 'en-sepe), 'e`spete. cf. saga, saw a saying from say, v. t.; cf. saw a saying

Meaning of say

as imperfect

  • saw.

as noun

  • trial by sample; assay; sample; specimen; smack.
  • tried quality; temper; proof.
  • essay; trial; attempt.

as transitive verb

  • to try; to assay.

as noun

  • a kind of silk or satin.
  • a delicate kind of serge, or woolen cloth.

as transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

  • to utter or express in words; to tell; to speak; to declare; as, he said many wise things.
  • to repeat; to rehearse; to recite; to pronounce; as, to say a lesson.
  • 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.
  • 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.

as intransitive verb

  • to speak; to express an opinion; to make answer; to reply.

as noun, transitive verb

  • a speech; something said; an expression of opinion; a current story; a maxim or proverb.
  • No antonyms for say

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