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      vb   , says   , saying, said   mainly tr  
1    to speak, pronounce, or utter  
2    also intr   to express (an idea) in words; tell  
we asked his opinion but he refused to say     
3    also intr; may take a clause as object   to state (an opinion, fact, etc.) positively; declare; affirm  
4    to recite  
to say grace     
5    may take a clause as object   to report or allege  
they say we shall have rain today     
6    may take a clause as object   to take as an assumption; suppose  
let us say that he is lying     
7    may take a clause as object   to convey by means of artistic expression  
the artist in this painting is saying that we should look for hope     
8    to make a case for  
there is much to be said for either course of action     
9    usually passive     (Irish)   to persuade or coax (someone) to do something  
If I hadn't been said by her I wouldn't be in this fix     
10    go without saying   to be so obvious as to need no explanation  
11    I say!     (Chiefly Brit)  
informal   an exclamation of surprise  
12    not to say   even; and indeed  
13    that is to say   in other words; more explicitly  
14    to say nothing of   as well as; even disregarding  
he was warmly dressed in a shirt and heavy jumper, to say nothing of a thick overcoat     
15    to say the least   without the slightest exaggeration; at the very least  
16    approximately  
there were, say, 20 people present     
17    for example  
choose a number, say, four     
18    the right or chance to speak  
let him have his say     
19    authority, esp. to influence a decision  
he has a lot of say in the company's policy     
20    a statement of opinion  
you've had your say, now let me have mine     
21      (U.S. and Canadian)  
informal   an exclamation to attract attention or express surprise, etc.  
     (Old English secgan; related to Old Norse segja, Old Saxon seggian, Old High German sagen)  
  sayer      n  
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say          [2]  
Archaic   a type of fine woollen fabric  
     (C13: from Old French saie, from Latin saga, plural of sagum a type of woollen cloak)  

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1    add, affirm, announce, assert, asseverate, come out with     (informal)   declare, give voice or utterance to, maintain, mention, pronounce, put into words, remark, speak, state, utter, voice  
2    answer, disclose, divulge, give as one's opinion, make known, reply, respond, reveal, tell  
3    allege, bruit, claim, noise abroad, put about, report, rumour, suggest  
4    deliver, do, orate, perform, read, recite, rehearse, render, repeat  
5    assume, conjecture, dare say, estimate, guess, hazard a guess, imagine, judge, presume, suppose, surmise  
6    communicate, convey, express, give the impression that, imply  
7    go without saying      be accepted, be a matter of course, be obvious, be self-evident, be taken as read, be taken for granted, be understood  
8    to say the least      at the very least, to put it mildly, without any exaggeration  
9    chance to speak, crack     (informal)   opportunity to speak, turn to speak, voice, vote  
10    authority, clout     (informal)   influence, power, sway, weight  

1    assertion, asseveration, assurance, dictum, guarantee, word  
2    agreement, assent, authority, authorization, consent, O.K. or okay     (informal)   permission, sanction  

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say on pay n.
right granted to a general assembly to give an opinion on the salaries and bonuses of top managers

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Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
Very quickly; almost instantaneously
expression used to show full agreement on smth.
to say, pronounce, speak
ex.: The child sounded out each word out loud as she read her book.
do or say something exactly right
My bestie hit the nail on the head when she figured out why I was worried / Identifying the specific cause of the failure, the technician hit the nail on the head
say publicly that something should be done
I never advocate my opinion because I am shy to speak in front of many people.
something that you say which expresses your opinion on something or which gives an explanation of it
You say 'top that!' when you have achieved something and you want to challenge other people to do better
I know four celebrities - top that!
give credit to; to say an event caused something else.
Eg.: I attribute my illness to my friend who coughed at me.
used to say briefly "www" (instead of "double u, double u, double u")
[Comp.] mostly in spoken language
expression used to encourage someone to say what is on their mind, what is bothering them
The actual say is: "You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar" This means that it is easier to persuade people if you use polite arguments and flattery than if you are confrontational.
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