|1.||[ verb ] express an idea, etc. in words|
"He said that he wanted to marry her" "tell me what is bothering you" "state your opinion"
|Related terms:||express add give answer note declare declare present announce explain get_out articulate play_down preface declare misstate sum statement narrator affirmation|
|2.||[ verb ] 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"
|Related terms:||assert plead|
|3.||[ verb ] 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?"
|Related terms:||speculate guess|
|4.||[ verb ] have or contain a certain wording or form|
"The passage reads as follows" "What does the law say?"
|Related terms:||have read read|
|5.||[ verb ] state as one's opinion or judgement; declare|
"I say let's forget this whole business"
|6.||[ verb ] utter aloud|
"She said 'Hello' to everyone in the office"
|7.||[ verb ] give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority|
|Synonyms:||tell order enjoin|
"I said to him to go home" "She ordered him to do the shopping" "The mother told the child to get dressed"
|Related terms:||request call direct command instruct warn injunction|
|8.||[ verb ] speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way|
|Synonyms:||pronounce enunciate articulate sound_out enounce|
"She pronounces French words in a funny way" "I cannot say `zip wire'" "Can the child sound out this complicated word?"
|Related terms:||stress explode voice drawl raise syllabize aspirate sibilate subvocalize lilt twang round palatalize devoice click trill mispronounce flap explode roll vocalize lisp subvocalise nasalise retroflex articulator enunciation pronunciation pronunciation talk|
|9.||[ verb ] recite or repeat a fixed text|
"Say grace" "She said her `Hail Mary'"
|Related terms:||recite saying|
|10.||[ verb ] communicate or express nonverbally|
"What does this painting say?" "Did his face say anything about how he felt?"
|11.||[ verb ] indicate|
"The clock says noon"
|12.||[ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 15359|
|13.||[ interjection ] interjection, to attract attention|
|14.||[ noun ] the chance to speak|
"let him have his say"