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English noun: say

1. say (state) the chance to speak

SamplesLet him have his say.

Broader (hypernym)chance, opportunity

English verb: say

1. say (communication) express in words

SamplesHe said that he wanted to marry her.
Tell me what is bothering you.
State your opinion.
State your name.

Synonymsstate, tell

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)express, give tongue to, utter, verbalise, verbalize

Narrower (hyponym)add, announce, answer, append, articulate, declare, declare, declare, enunciate, explain, get out, give, introduce, lay out, mention, misstate, note, observe, precede, preface, premise, present, remark, reply, represent, respond, sum, sum up, summarise, summarize, supply, vocalise, vocalize

Verb groupsay

2. say (communication) report or maintain

SamplesHe 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.

ExamplesThey say that there was a traffic accident

Synonymsallege, aver

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)assert, asseverate, maintain

Narrower (hyponym)plead

3. say (communication) express a supposition

SamplesLet us say that he did not tell the truth.
Let's say you had a lot of money--what would you do?.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)speculate

4. say (stative) have or contain a certain wording or form

SamplesThe passage reads as follows.
What does the law say?.


Pattern of useSomething ----s Adjective/Noun.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)feature, have

Verb groupread

5. say (communication) give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority

SamplesI said to him to go home.
She ordered him to do the shopping.
The mother told the child to get dressed.

Synonymsenjoin, order, tell

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)request

Narrower (hyponym)call, command, direct, instruct, require, send for, warn

6. say (communication) speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way

SamplesShe pronounces French words in a funny way.
I cannot say `zip wire'.
Can the child sound out this complicated word?.

Synonymsarticulate, enounce, enunciate, pronounce, sound out

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)accent, accentuate, aspirate, click, devoice, drawl, explode, flap, labialise, labialize, lilt, lisp, mispronounce, misspeak, nasalise, nasalise, nasalize, nasalize, palatalise, palatalize, raise, retroflex, roll, round, sibilate, sound, stress, subvocalise, subvocalize, syllabise, syllabize, trill, twang, vocalise, vocalise, vocalize, vocalize, voice, vowelise, vowelize

Entailmouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize

7. say (communication) communicate or express nonverbally

SamplesWhat does this painting say?.
Did his face say anything about how he felt?.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)convey

Verb groupsay

8. say (communication) utter aloud

SamplesShe said `Hello' to everyone in the office.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)express, give tongue to, utter, verbalise, verbalize

9. say (communication) state as one's opinion or judgement; declare

SamplesI say let's forget this whole business.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s that CLAUSE

Verb groupsay, state, tell

10. say (communication) recite or repeat a fixed text

SamplesSay grace.
She said her `Hail Mary'.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)recite

11. say (communication) indicate

SamplesThe clock says noon.

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)read, record, register, show

Verb groupsay

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