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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
say•ing /ˈseɪɪŋ/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. something said, esp. a proverb:the old saying, "A stitch in time saves nine.''

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
say•ing  (sāing),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. something said, esp. a proverb or apothegm.
  2. Idiomsgo without saying, to be completely self-evident;
    be understood:It goes without saying that you are welcome to visit us at any time.
  • 1250–1300; Middle English (gerund, gerundive); see say1, -ing1
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged maxim, adage, saw, aphorism.

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
say1 /seɪ/USA pronunciation   v.,  said/sɛd/USA pronunciation  say•ing, adv., n., interj. 
  1. to utter or pronounce;
    speak:[+ object]Don't say a word.
  2. to express (something) in words;
    declare: [+ (that) clause]I wrote and said (that) I wanted to see her again.[used with quotations]"I'll be there,'' he said.[+ object]I've said my piece (= I've expressed my thoughts).
  3. to state (something) as an opinion or judgment: [+ (that) clause]I say (that) we should wait here.[no object]What should I do? I just can't say.
  4. to recite or repeat:[+ object]said his prayers and went to bed.
  5. to express (a message, etc.), as through words, etc.:[+ object]What does this painting say to you?
  6. to indicate or show:[+ object]What does your watch say? The clock says ten-thirty.
  7. (used as a command, or as a polite command after let's) suppose;
    imagine:[+ (that) clause]Say (that) you saw her on the street; what would you do then? Let's say (that) I had gambled all our money away.

  1. approximately;
    about:It's, say, 14 feet across.
  2. for example:Suppose we asked a student, say, Janette here, for her opinion.

n. [uncountable]
  1. what a person says or wishes to say;
    one's turn to say something:She has already had her say.
  2. the right or chance to state an opinion or exercise influence:to have one's say in a decision.

  1. (used to express surprise or to get someone's attention):Say! That's great; you made it!
  1. Idiomsgo without saying, [it/that + ~ (+ (that) clause)] to be self-evident:It goes without saying (that) you must write a thank-you note for a gift.
  2. Idiomsthat is to say, [no object] in other words;
    meaning (that):The judge threw the book at him; that is to say, gave him the maximum sentence.

    The verbs say and tell are sometimes confused. The verb say does not take a person as its direct object, only a word or clause:He said a few words and sat down.If a person is mentioned after say, the word to must be used before it:He said to her that he was ready.The verb tell may take a person as an object:He told her he was ready.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
say1  (sā),USA pronunciation v.,  said, say•ing, adv., n., interj. 
  1. to utter or pronounce;
    speak:What did you say? I said "Hello!''
  2. to express in words;
    word:Say it clearly and simply. It's hard to know how to say this tactfully.
  3. to state as an opinion or judgment:I say her plan is the better one.
  4. to be certain, precise, or assured about;
    determine:It is hard to say what is wrong.
  5. to recite or repeat:to say one's prayers.
  6. to report or allege;
    maintain:People say he will resign.
  7. to express (a message, viewpoint, etc.), as through a literary or other artistic medium:a writer with something to say.
  8. to indicate or show:What does your watch say?
  9. to assume as a hypothesis or estimate:Let's say, for the sake of argument, that it's true.

  1. to speak;
    express an opinion.
  2. Idiomsthat is to say, that is what is meant;
    in other words:I believe his account of the story, that is to say, I have no reason to doubt it.

  1. approximately;
    about:It's, say, 14 feet long.
  2. for example:If you serve, say tuna fish and potato chips, it will cost much less.

  1. what a person says or has to say.
  2. the right or opportunity to speak, decide, or exercise influence:to have one's say in choosing the candidate.
  3. a turn to say something:It is now my say.

  1. (used to express surprise, get attention, etc.)
sayer, n. 
  • bef. 900; Middle English seyen, seggen, Old English secgan; cognate with Dutch zeggen, German sagen, Old Norse segja; akin to saw3

say2  (sā),USA pronunciation v.t., n. [Brit. Dial.]
  1. British Termsassay.
  • Middle English sayen, aphetic variant of assayen to assay 1350–1400

say3  (sā),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Textilesa thin silk or woolen fabric similar to serge, much used in the 16th century.
  • Gaulish
  • Latin saga, plural of sagum woolen cloak, said to be
  • Old French saie
  • Middle English 1250–1300

Say  (sā),USA pronunciation n. 
    Jean Bap•tiste  (zhän ba tēst),USA pronunciation 1767–1832, French economist. Cf.  Say's law. 
  1. BiographicalThomas, 1787–1834, U.S. entomologist.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

saying /ˈseɪɪŋ/ n
  1. a maxim, adage, or proverb

say /seɪ/ vb (says /sɛz/, saying, said)(mainly tr)
  1. to speak, pronounce, or utter
  2. (also intr) to express (an idea) in words; tell
  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
  8. to make a case for
  9. go without sayingto be so obvious as to need no explanation
  10. I say!chiefly Brit informal an exclamation of surprise
  11. not to sayeven; and indeed
  12. that is to sayin other words; more explicitly
  13. to say the leastwithout the slightest exaggeration; at the very least
  1. approximately: there were, say, 20 people present
  2. for example: choose a number, say, four
  1. the right or chance to speak: let him have his say
  2. authority, esp to influence a decision: he has a lot of say in the company's policy
  3. a statement of opinion: you've had your say, now let me have mine
  1. US Canadian informal an exclamation to attract attention or express surprise, etc
Etymology: Old English secgan; related to Old Norse segja, Old Saxon seggian, Old High German sagēn

ˈsayer n


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