say

 /seɪ/

For the verb: "to say"

Simple Past: said
Past Participle: said

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Principal Translations/Traduzioni principali
say [sth] vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (utter)dire vtr
 Dexter said, "I'm hungry." He said the book was blue.
 Dexter disse: "Ho fame". Disse che il libro era blu.
say [sth] vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (give an opinion)dire vtr
 I say it's a bad idea.
 Io dico che è una cattiva idea.
say [sth] vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (order)dire vtr
 Dad says to come and eat dinner right now.
 Papà dice di venire subito a mangiare la cena.
 
Additional Translations
say advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (for example)fai conto, per esempio avv
 Take any number, say seven, and multiply by four.
say advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (approximately)diciamo, circa avv
 There must have been, say, 200 people there.
say interjinterjection: Exclamation--for example, "Oh no!" "Wow!" (to gain attention)  (formale)senta, dica vtr conj
   (informale)senti vtr imper
 Say, do you know where I can find a good restaurant?
 Dica, sa dove posso trovare un buon ristorante?
say nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (turn to speak)  (in discorso)turno nm
  volta nf
 When Richard had his say, he explained his side of the story.
say nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (authority)  (idiomatico: autorità)voce in capitolo nf
 The parents decided it was bedtime, and the children had no say in the matter.
say [sth] vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (recite: [sth] learned)dire, recitare vtr
 Jimmy can say his ABCs.
 Jimmy sa dire l'alfabeto.
say [sth] vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (suppose)dire vtr
 Let's say that he's right.
 Diciamo che ha ragione lui.
say [sth] vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (affirm)dire, ritenere, affermare vtr
 She is said to be the best painter of her generation.
 Si dice che sia la migliore pittrice della sua generazione.
say [sth] vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (indicate)dire, segnare vtr
 The thermometer says that it's seventy degrees.
 Il termometro dice settanta gradi.
say [sth] vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (recite: a prayer)dire, recitare vtr
 The children said a prayer for their parents.
 I bambini hanno detto una preghiera per i loro genitori.
say [sth] vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (conduct: a mass)  (messa)dire, celebrare vtr
 The priest said the Mass on Sunday.
 Il prete ha detto messa domenica.
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Compound Forms/Forme composte
as if to say advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (in a way that suggests [sth])come per dire
 He nodded at her as if to say goodbye.
 Le fece un cenno come per dire arrivederci.
as much as to say così come dire
as they say advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (as is commonly said)come si suol dire
 As they say, "It takes one to know one."
 Come si suol dire, "Il bue dà del cornuto all'asino".
as you say advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (I agree that)come dici
 As you say, that spaghetti is delicious!
hard to say adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." (not easy to determine)difficile dire, difficile a dire, difficile a dirsi agg
 It's hard to say who will win this year's World Cup.
 È difficile dire chi vincerà i Mondiali quest'anno.
have a lot to say about v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (openly share one's opinions on)avere molto da dire su qlcs vtr
 As a working mother she has a lot to say about childcare facilities and unpaid, unscheduled overtime.
 Come madre lavoratrice ha molto da dire riguardo agli asili e agli straordinari non pagati e non programmati.
have little to say v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (speak little)avere poco da dire vtr
 His teacher had little to say about the incident.
 Il suo insegnante aveva poco da dire riguardo all'incidente.
have your say v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." informal (give your opinion)dire la propria vtr
 She had her say, and she left before we could respond. Let Oscar speak, then you can have your say.
 Ha detto la sua e se n'è andata prima che potessi replicare. Lascia parlare Oscar e poi potrai dire la tua.
I say interjinterjection: Exclamation--for example, "Oh no!" "Wow!" UK, dated (well!)lasciate che ve lo dica inter
 I say, Jeeves! - that was a splendid party, was it not?
 Lasciate che ve lo dica: questa festa è stata stupenda, o no?
I say (my opinion is as follows)io dico
 How can our company save money during this recession? I say we stop hiring and freeze salaries.
 Come possiamo risparmiare durante la crisi? Io dico: blocchiamo i salari e smettiamo di assumere.
if you say so se lo dici tu
let's say interjinterjection: Exclamation--for example, "Oh no!" "Wow!" informal (supposing that, imagine)mettiamo che, mettiamo il caso che, poniamo che, ipotizziamo che, immaginiamo che
 Let's say we don't make a profit this quarter. What can we change in order to become profitable?
 Ipotizziamo che non avremo un profitto in questo quadrimestre. Cosa possiamo modificare per essere fruttiferi?
mean to say voler dire
mean what you say v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (speak sincerely)  (sinceramente)dire sul serio vtr
 Does he mean what he says, or is he just making an empty promise?
 Dice sul serio o sta solo facendo una promessa a vuoto?
needless to say advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (of course, obviously)non c'è bisogno di dire che
 Needless to say, I won't go there again.
Never say die! interjinterjection: Exclamation--for example, "Oh no!" "Wow!" figurative (do not give up)mai dire mai!, mai mollare!, non mollare mai! inter
 Come on boys, you can still win this game! Never say die!
 Forza ragazzi, potete ancora vincere la partita! Non mollate mai!
never-say-die adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." figurative (attitude: tenacious)che non si arrende mai agg
not say a word v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (remain silent)non dire una parola vtr
 Be quiet and don't say a word, or they will discover where we are hiding.
 Stai fermo e non dire una parola, altrimenti scopriranno il nostro nascondiglio.
not say a word v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (not divulge [sth])non dire una parola vtr
 Don't say a word: it's our secret!
nothing to say about [sth] preppreposition: Relates noun or pronoun to another element of sentence--for example, "a picture of John," "She walked from my house to yours." (no information or opinion about)niente da dire su, nulla da dire su, niente da dire riguardo a, nulla da dire riguardo a
 When the reporter asked about his alleged affair, he answered "I have nothing to say about that."
 Quando il giornalista lo interrogò sulla presunta relazione, rispose: "Non ho nulla da dire al riguardo".
safe to say [sth],
safe to say that
adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
informal (true or likely to become true)poter affermare qlcs con sicurezza, poter dire qlcs con sicurezza vtr
 It's safe to say that most children love pizza.
 Si può affermare con sicurezza che alla maggior parte dei bambini piace la pizza.
safely say [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (speak with certainty)parlare per certo vi
say a few words v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." informal (make a short speech)  (figurato: discorso)dire due parole, dire qualche parola vtr
 I was asked to say a few words at my Grandpa's funeral.
say a prayer v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (pray)dire una preghiera vtr
say again dire di nuovo
say by way of introduction premettere vtr
say farewell v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (say goodbye to [sb])salutare vtr
 You should say farewell to him before he leaves.
 Dovresti salutarlo prima che parta.
say farewell v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." figurative (accept loss of [sth])dire addio a, abbandonare vtr
  rinunciare a vi
say good-bye,
say goodbye
v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
(bid farewell)salutare vtr
  salutarsi v rif
 The time has come for us to say goodbye.
say good-bye,
say goodbye
viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived."
figurative (give up expectation of [sth])  (figurato)dire addio, salutare vtr
 You can say goodbye to all hopes of promotion.
 Puoi dire addio a tutti i tuoi sogni di promozione.
say goodbye viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (bid [sb] farewell)salutare vtr
 Say goodbye to your cousin for me!
 Saluta tuo cugino da parte mia!
say goodbye to dire addio a
say goodbye to [sb] salutare qualcuno, accomiatarsi da qualcuno
say goodbye to [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." figurative (no longer have [sth])  (figurato)dire addio a vtr
say grace v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (say prayer before meal)dire una preghiera di ringraziamento vtr
say hello v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (greet [sb])salutare vtr
 I say hello to my neighbors every time I see them.
 Saluto i miei vicini ogni volta che li vedo.
say no v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (refuse or deny [sth])dire di no, dire no vtr
 The offer is very tempting but I'm afraid I have to say no.
 L'offerta è molto allettante ma purtroppo devo dire di no.
say no to [sth/sb] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (refuse)rifiutare, dire di no a, dire no a vtr
 I'm going to have to say no to another piece of cake.
 Dovrò rifiutare un altro pezzo di torta.
say nothing v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (remain silent)non dire niente vtr
 A defendant has the right to say nothing in a court of law.
say nothing of [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (not mention)non citare, non menzionare, non parlare di qlcs, non dire niente di qlcs vtr
  non è niente
 She said nothing of her upcoming surgery for fear her family would worry. You don't need to thank me - say nothing of it!
 Non aveva detto niente dell'operazione a cui avrebbe dovuto sottoporsi, per paura che la famiglia si preoccupasse.
 Non devi ringraziarmi, non è niente.
say over pronunciarsi su
say sorry to [sb] for [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (apologize to [sb] for [sth] done)scusarsi con qn v rif
say [sth] out loud v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (utter [sth] in a clearly audible voice)dire qc forte e chiaro vtr
say the word dare il segnale
say to yourself [sth],
say [sth] to yourself
v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
(think)dirsi v rif
 I said to myself, “No, that can't be right – I'd better start again from the beginning.”
 Mi dissi: "No, non può essere giusto - è meglio se ricomincio da capo".
Say what! interjinterjection: Exclamation--for example, "Oh no!" "Wow!" (expressing astonishment or outrage)cosa?! escl
say yes v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (consent, agree)dire di sì, dire sì vtr
  acconsentire, assentire vi
say yes to [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (consent to [sth])dire di sì a, dire sì a vtr
say yes to [sb] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (give [sb] consent)dire di sì a, dire sì a vtr
say yes v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (accept an invitation)dire di sì, dire sì, accettare vtr
 I didn't really want to go but I said yes just to keep her happy.
say yes to [sb] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (accept [sb]'s invitation)dire di sì a, dire sì a vtr
say yes v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (confirm [sth])dire di sì, dire sì, dare conferma vtr
say your prayers comincia a pregare
say-nothing insignificante (senza contenuto)
say-nothing taciuto
say-so nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. informal ([sb]'s personal statement giving approval)autorizzazione, approvazione nf
  benestare nm
strange to say advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." informal (surprisingly)strano a dirsi
 Strange to say, I've never set foot inside a church until today.
 Strano a dirsi ma fino a oggi non ho mai messo piede in una chiesa.
that is to say advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (in other words)vale a dire
  o meglio
 I'm sorry. That is to say, I won't do it again.
 Mi dispiace. Vale a dire che non lo farò più.
the say il detto
they say dicono v
to say nothing of non dire niente di
to say the least advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (at the minimum)a dir poco
 He was a bit taken aback, to say the least. Her comment was highly inappropriate, to say the least.
 Era a dir poco sorpreso. Il suo commento era a dir poco fuori luogo.
venture to say [sth],
venture to say that
vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
(daresay, be so bold as to say)avere il coraggio di dire vtr
You can say that again! interjinterjection: Exclamation--for example, "Oh no!" "Wow!" slang (yes: emphatically)puoi dirlo forte!, puoi ben dirlo! inter
 “This new gadget's just brilliant.” “You can say that again!”
 "Questo nuovo gadget è semplicemente geniale!" "Puoi dirlo forte!"
you don't say non dire
You don't say! interjinterjection: Exclamation--for example, "Oh no!" "Wow!" informal, figurative (expressing disbelief)ma non mi dire! inter
you say dici v
your say dire la tua nf
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