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say

verb [T]
 
 
/seɪ/ (says, past tense and past participle said)
WORDS A1 to speak words: "I'd like to go home," she said. I couldn't hear what they were saying. How do you say this word?Saying and utteringSaying again
TELL B1 to tell someone about a fact, thought, or opinion: [+ question word] Did she say where she was going? Officials refused to say what had happened. [+ (that)] The jury said that he was guilty.Saying and utteringSaying again
INFORMATION B1 to give information in writing, numbers, or signs: My watch says one o'clock. The recipe said to use four ounces of butter. What do the papers say about the election?Saying and utteringSaying again
say sth to yourself to think something but not speak: "I hope she likes me," he said to himself.Thinking and contemplating
SHOW to show what you think without using words: His smile seemed to say that I was forgiven.Saying and utteringSaying again
(let's) say... used to introduce a suggestion or possible example of something: More women study languages than, say, engineering or science. Say you were offered a better job in another city - would you take it?Suggestions and proposalsSamples and examples
You can say that again! informal used to show that you completely agree with something that someone has just said: "That was a very bad movie!" "You can say that again!"Accepting and agreeingAccepting and agreeing reluctantlyApproving and approval
→  See also Say cheese! , easier said than done (easy) , it goes without saying
(Definition of say verb from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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