1. [ verb ] express an idea, etc. in words
Synonyms: tell state

"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
Synonyms: allege aver

"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
Synonyms: suppose

"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
Synonyms: read

"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"

Related terms: state
6. [ verb ] utter aloud

"She said 'Hello' to everyone in the office"

Related terms: express
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?"

Related terms: convey
11. [ verb ] indicate

"The clock says noon"

Related terms: read
12. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 15359
13. [ interjection ] interjection, to attract attention
Synonyms: hey
14. [ noun ] the chance to speak

"let him have his say"

Related terms: opportunity
Similar spelling:   sa