Meaning of “say” - Learner’s Dictionary


verb [ T ] uk us /seɪ/ (says, past tense and past participle said)

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?

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.

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?
say sth to yourself

to think something but not speak:

"I hope she likes me," he said to himself.

to show what you think without using words:

His smile seemed to say that I was forgiven.
(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?
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!"

(Definition of “say verb” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)