Definition of Say

Pronunciation: sĕd
n.1.Trial by sample; assay; sample; specimen; smack.
If those principal works of God . . . be but certain tastes and says, as it were, of that final benefit.
- Hooker.
Thy tongue some say of breeding breathes.
- Shak.
2.Tried quality; temper; proof.
He found a sword of better say.
- Spenser.
3.Essay; trial; attempt.
To give a say at
to attempt.
- B. Jonson.
v. t.1.To try; to assay.
n.1.A kind of silk or satin.
Thou say, thou serge, nay, thou buckram lord!
- Shak.
2.A delicate kind of serge, or woolen cloth.
His garment neither was of silk nor say.
- Spenser.
v. t.1.To utter or express in words; to tell; to speak; to declare; as, he said many wise things.
[imp. & p. p. Said (sĕd), contracted from sayed; p. pr. & vb. n. Saying.]
Arise, and say how thou camest here.
- Shak.
2.To repeat; to rehearse; to recite; to pronounce; as, to say a lesson.
Of my instruction hast thou nothing bated
In what thou hadst to say?
- Shak.
After which shall be said or sung the following hymn.
- Bk. of Com. Prayer.
3.To announce as a decision or opinion; to state positively; to assert; hence, to form an opinion upon; to be sure about; to be determined in mind as to.
But what it is, hard is to say.
- Milton.
4.To mention or suggest as an estimate, hypothesis, or approximation; hence, to suppose; - in the imperative, followed sometimes by the subjunctive; as, he had, say fifty thousand dollars; the fox had run, say ten miles.
Say, for nonpayment that the debt should double,
Is twenty hundred kisses such a trouble?
- Shak.
It is said
it is commonly reported; it is rumored; people assert or maintain.
That is to say
that is; in other words; otherwise.
v. i.1.To speak; to express an opinion; to make answer; to reply.
You have said; but whether wisely or no, let the forest judge.
- Shak.
To this argument we shall soon have said; for what concerns it us to hear a husband divulge his household privacies?
- Milton.
n.1.A speech; something said; an expression of opinion; a current story; a maxim or proverb.
He no sooner said out his say, but up rises a cunning snap.
- L'Estrange.
That strange palmer's boding say,
That fell so ominous and drear
Full on the object of his fear.
- Sir W. Scott.

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