—v.t. 1. to utter or pronounce; speak: What did you say? I said “Hello!” 2. to express in words; state; declare; 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.
—v.i. 1. to speak; declare; express an opinion.
2. that 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.
—adv. 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.
—n. 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.
—interj. (used to express surprise, get attention, etc.)