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say

verb (THINK)    /seɪ/ (said, said)
B1 [I or T] to think or believe : [+ (that)] People /They say (that) he's over 100 . "It's going to be a very hot summer ." "So they say (= that is what people believe )." She is a firm leader , too firm , some might say (= some people believe that she is too firm ).Saying and utteringSaying again B1 [I or T] to give (as) an opinion or suggestion about something: "Who do you think will get the job ?" "I'd rather not say." What are you saying, exactly ? (= What do you mean ?) [+ (that)] We've been driving all day - I say (that) we start looking for a hotel now.informal What do you say we sell the car ? (= What do you think about selling it?)Expressing and asking opinionsRemarks and remarkingControlling emotions [T] to show what you think without using words: [+ (that)] The look on his face said (= showed ) (that) he knew what had happened .Saying and utteringSaying again B2 [T always passive] When something or someone is said to be a particular thing, that is what people think or believe about it or them: [+ (that)] It is said (that) Latin is a difficult language to learn . [+ to be + noun/adj] He's said to be over 100 .Saying and utteringSaying again
(Definition of say verb (THINK) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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