(noun, verb, adverb, conjunction)


1. (colloquial) Used to gain one's attention before making an inquiry or suggestion

- Say, what did you think about the movie?

2. For example; let us assume.

- Pick a color you think they'd like, say, peach.

- He was driving pretty fast, say, fifty miles per hour.


1. (informal) Used to introduce a hypothetical

- Say your family is starving and you don't have any money, is it ok to steal some food?


1. the chance to speak

- let him have his say

Definition categories: state, chance, opportunity


1. express in words

Similar word(s): state, tell

Definition categories: communication, express, utter, verbalise, verbalize

2. report or maintain

- The registrar says that I owe the school money

Similar word(s): allege, aver

Definition categories: communication, assert, asseverate, maintain

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?

Similar word(s): suppose

Definition categories: communication, speculate

4. have or contain a certain wording or form

- What does the law say?

Similar word(s): read

Definition categories: stative, feature, have

5. give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority

Similar word(s): enjoin, order, tell

Definition categories: communication, request

6. speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way

- I cannot say `zip wire'

Similar word(s): articulate, enounce, enunciate, pronounce

Definition categories: communication

7. communicate or express nonverbally

- What does this painting say?

- Did his face say anything about how he felt?

Definition categories: communication, convey

8. utter aloud

Definition categories: communication, express, utter, verbalise, verbalize

9. state as one's opinion or judgement; declare

- I say let's forget this whole business

Definition categories: communication

10. recite or repeat a fixed text

- Say grace

Definition categories: communication, recite

11. indicate

- The clock says noon

Definition categories: communication, read, record, register, show

Sentences with say as a verb:

- Please say your name slowly and clearly.

- Martha, will you say the Pledge of Allegiance?

- The sign says it’s 50 kilometres to Paris.

- They say "when in Rome, do as the Romans do", which means "behave as those around you do."

- A holiday somewhere warm – Florida, say – would be nice.

- Say he refuses. What do we do then?