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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
say•ing /ˈseɪɪŋ/USA pronunciation n. [countable]

    something said, esp. a proverb:the old saying, "A stitch in time saves nine.''

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
say1 /seɪ/USA pronunciation v., said/sɛd/USA pronunciationsay•ing,adv., n., interj. 

v. 
  • [+ object] to utter or pronounce;
    speak:Don't say a word.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • [+ object] to recite or repeat:said his prayers and went to bed.
  • [+ object] to express (a message, etc.), as through words, etc.:What does this painting say to you?
  • [+ object] to indicate or show:What does your watch say? The clock says ten-thirty.
  • [+ (that) clause] (used as a command, or as a polite command after let's) suppose; assume;
    imagine:Say (that) you saw her on the street;
    what would you do then? Let's say (that) I had gambled all our money away.

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

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

  • interj. 
  • (used to express surprise or to get someone's attention):Say! That's great; you made it!
  • idiom
    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.

    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
    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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