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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
adv
  1. approximately: there were, say, 20 people present
  2. for example: choose a number, say, four
n
  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
interj
  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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