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English definition of “say”

say

verb  /seɪ/ (past tense and past participle said  /sed/, present tense says  /sez/) us  

say verb (SPEAK)

[T] to speak or pronounce words: How do you say your name? The child could say her ABCs when she was still a baby.

say verb (EXPRESS)

[I/T] to express something in words, or to tell someone something: [T] What did you say to him? [I] Mom said to meet her in front of the building. [I/T] To say also means to communicate without using words, esp. in music and art: [T] What do you think the artist said in this painting?

say verb (STATE AN OPINION)

[I/T] to state an opinion: [+ (that) clause] If they’re late, I say (that) we go without them. [I/T] Say can also mean imagine: [+ (that) clause] Let’s say (that) you are a planner and that you think far ahead.

say verb (GIVE INFORMATION)

[I/T] to provide information or instructions in writing: [T] What does that sign say?

say

noun [U]  /seɪ/ us  

say noun [U] (RIGHT TO AN OPINION)

the right or opportunity to give your opinion or be involved in making decisions: I have no say in hiring and firing.
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