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Say is sometimes a misspelling of says.

The word say is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun say

What does say mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: says

  1. the chance to speak
    • example: let him have his say
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • more generic words: chance / opportunity = a possibility due to a favorable combination of circumstances

Alternative definition of the noun say


  1. One's stated opinion or input into a discussion.
  2. A type of fine cloth similar to serge.

Definition of the verb say

What does say mean as a doing word?

Say is the 4th most common verb in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections:

simple pastpast participlepresent participlethird-person singular

  1. express in words
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic]Ellen said a few words
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic] to [Recipient]Ellen said a few words to Helen
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, how-extraction]He confessed how she did it | I asked how she did it | I explained how it can be done | John suggested how she could do it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, quotation]He says, 'It has to go.'
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, that-complement clause]He ordered that he go
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, that-complement clause, not tensed]John suggested that he should go
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, wh-infinitive clause]I asked how to do it | I explained how to do it | John suggested how to do it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, what-extraction]He asked what he should do | I explained what he should do | John suggested what we should eat
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, what-infinitive clause]He asked what to do | I explained what to do | John suggested what to do
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic, quotation]Mr. Jacobson announced to the trading mob: 'We're going to trade on the bell.'

      Verbs of Communication (with the same syntax): advise, announce, articulate, blab, blurt, claim, confess, confide, convey, declare, mention, note, observe, proclaim, propose, recount, reiterate, relate, remark, repeat, report, reveal, state.

    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of say: state / tell
    • more generic terms: express / give tongue to / utter / verbalise / verbalize = articulate
    • more specific terms:
  2. report or maintain
    • examples: The registrar says that I owe the school money | They say that there was a traffic accident
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of say: allege / aver
    • more generic words: assert / asseverate / maintain = state categorically
    • more specific word: plead = make an allegation in an action or other legal proceeding, especially answer the previous pleading of the other party by denying facts therein stated or by alleging new facts
  3. express a supposition
    • examples: Let us say that he did not tell the truth | Let's say you had a lot of money--what would you do?
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonym of say: suppose
    • more generic word: speculate = talk over conjecturally, or review in an idle or casual way and with an element of doubt or without sufficient reason to reach a conclusion
  4. have or contain a certain wording or form
    • example: What does the law say?
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonym of say: read
    • more generic words: feature / have = have as a feature
  5. give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of say: enjoin / order / tell
    • more generic terms: hit up / request = ask (a person) to do something
    • more specific terms:
      • direct = command with authority
      • instruct = give instructions or directions for some task
      • command / require = make someone do something
      • send for / call = order, request, or command to come
      • warn = ask to go away
      • prescribe = order the use of (a treatment, medicine, etc.), usually by written prescription
  6. speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way
  7. communicate or express nonverbally
    • examples: What does this painting say? | Did his face say anything about how he felt?
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic word: convey = make known
  8. utter aloud
  9. state as one's opinion or judgement; declare
    • example: I say let's forget this whole business
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
  10. recite or repeat a fixed text
    • example: Say grace
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic word: recite = repeat aloud from memory
  11. indicate
    • example: The clock says noon
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Cause] [Verb] [Topic, how-extraction]This indicates how she did it
      [Cause] [Verb] [Topic, wh-complement clause]This indicates whether he is the thief
      [Cause] [Verb] [Topic, wh-infinitive clause]This indicates how to do it
      [Cause] [Verb] [Topic, what-extraction]This indicates what he should do
      [Cause] [Verb] [Topic, not sentential clause]This indicates it
      [Cause] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic, how-extraction]This indicates to us how it happended
      [Cause] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic, that-complement clause, not tensed]This indicates to us that they had stolen money
      [Cause] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic, wh-complement clause]This indicates to me whether they did it
      [Cause] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic, what-extraction]This indicates to me what he is

      Indicate Verbs (with the same syntax): explain, indicate.

    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic words: read / record / register / show = indicate a certain reading

Other definitions of say

What does say also mean?


  1. [informal] Used to gain one's attention before making an inquiry or suggestion; hey


  1. Say is a town in southwest Niger, situated on the Niger River. It is the capital of the Say Department in the Tillabéri Region. The municipality has 12,000 inhabitants, and its economy is dominated by agriculture, herding and small trade.
  2. Say a.k.a. Siena-Ampugnano Airport is a small military airfield near Siena, in Tuscany, Italy.

There are other places with in their name, like SAY'S, Kök-Say, Kogel Say, Terek-Say, Moreton Say, Dzhilgin-Say, Na-Au-Say Township.


  1. Say a.k.a. Selah Victor is an actress,television producer and writer.
  2. Say is a musical artist.
    • also known as Kwon Sohee
    • born on (22 years ago) in Busan
    • nationality: South Korea
    • profession: Singer
    • member of musical group EvoL (Vocals) since

There are other people with in their name, like Lou Say, Anne Say, Eric Say, John Say, Léon Say, Mary Say, Nuon Say, Rick Say, Allen Say, David Say and many others.


Say is a musical group.

  • albums: "The Lioness", "Multiverse", "Yr Kicks", "Autumn Burrows", "The Disclosure Project"


  1. "Say" is a song by John Mayer written for the Rob Reiner film The Bucket List in 2007. It was released as a single on November 20 and is the first commercial single in Mayer's career that was not originally released on one of his albums but added to the special edition re-release of his album, Continuum. In the U.S., it has become the artist's highest charting single to date, reaching number twelve on the Billboard Hot 100 in May, 2008. The song earned Mayer another Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, his fourth win on the category.
    • music and lyrics by John Mayer
    • award: - Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media nomination for John Mayer
  2. "Say" is the solo second album by J-pop singer Misono, released on July 16, 2008. The album can be found on two different formats, CD-Only and CD+DVD. The album held the following single releases before its initial release: "Hot Time / A.", "Pochi", "Zasetsu Chiten", "Jūnin Toiro", "Mugen Kigen", and "Ninin Sankyaku". The title of the album is a pun: Sei is a homonym for the English word Say.
  3. "Say" is a selfwritten song by American pop singer Ryan Cabrera, produced by Daniel James, Leah Haywood for Cabrera's third studio album The Moon Under Water. The track was released as the first single from the album in the first quarter of 2008. This song has won Star Shine magazine's independent song of the year.
  4. "Say" is a song recorded by English band The Creatures. It was co-produced by Steve Levine.
  5. "Say" is the first and only single from rapper Method Man's fourth studio album, 4:21... The Day After. It samples Lauryn Hill's "So Many Things to Say" from MTV's Unplugged. The song finds Method Man addressing critics and fickle fans for disrespecting him, his swag and his Wu-Tang brethren.
  6. "Say" is a musical single of The Creatures.
    • released in (16 years ago)
  7. "Say" is a composition.
  8. "Say" is a 2007 single by John Mayer.
    • released on (8 years ago)
  9. "Say" is a musical single of Glee Cast.
    • released on
  10. "Say" is a musical single of Cubiq.
  11. "Say" is a composition.


  1. Say is a magazine published by and for Aboriginal youth in Canada. In addition to special editions, the magazine is published as five regional editions, three times a year.
  2. Say a.k.a. Saya Language: Saya is a Chadic dialect cluster of Nigeria.
    • also known as Seyawa, Seya, Seiyara, Sayawa, Sayara, Sayanci
  3. Say is a cataloged instance, musical recording, canonical version.

Printed books with definitions for Say

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Google preview31 Things Every Child Should Learn to Say (2008)

by Roosevelt McPherson

Things Every Child Should Learn to Say is a must-read book for all children, pre-k through grade 12, parents, and teachers. It is an ideal teaching tool for character education, social skills, and good manners.

Google previewThe GPVTS Guide to Success (2011)

by Lucy Blunt

Well, the first thing to say is that it doesn't have to be forever and the second thing to say is that you can do almost anything with a general practice qualification. And if you decide halfway through your training that you don't even want to go as ...

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Usage statistics about say

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the verb say:

spoken English66.93%written English33.07% conversational speech63.77%task-oriented speech36.23% imaginative writing77.02%informational writing22.98%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb say:


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Quotes about Say

I ask what is this
You say flying kiss.

I ask and so many things
You say nothing nothing.

I ask I ask I ask
And you say say and say
What you mean to say
And I understand understand
And could not say. (Gajanan Mishra)
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Scrabble value of S1A1Y4

The value of this 3-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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