To utter, express, declare, or pronounce in words, either orally or in writing; speak.To tell; make known or utter in words.To recount; repeat; rehearse; recite: as, to say a lesson or one's prayers; to say mass; to say grace.To call; declare or suppose to be.To utter as an opinion; decide; judge and determine.To suppose; assume to be true or correct; take for granted: often in an imperative form, in the sense of ‘let us say,’ ‘we may say,’ ‘we shall say’: as, the number left behind was not great, say only five.To gainsay; contradict; answer.Synonyms Say, Speak, Tell, State. Each of these words has its peculiar idiomatic uses. We speak an oration, and tell a story, but do not say either of them. We say prayers or a lesson, but do not speak or tell them, although the one praying may tell his beads. Say is the most common word before a quotation direct or indirect: Adam said, “This is now bone of my bones” (Gen. ii. 23); “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves” (1 John i. 8). Tell is often exactly synonymous with say to: as, tell (say to) him that I was called away. Speak draws its meanings from the idea of making audible; tell, from that of communicating. Tell is the only one of these words that may express a command. State is often erroneously used for simply saying: as, he stated that he could not come: state always implies detail, as of reasons, particulars; to state a case is to give it with particularity.To speak; declare; assert; express an opinion: as, so he says.To make answer; reply.n. What one has to say; a speech; a story; something said; hence, an affirmation; a declaration; a statement.n. Word; assurance.n. A maxim; a saying; a saw.n. Turn to say something, make a proposition, or reply: as, “It is now my say.”n. Assay; trial by sample; sample; taste.n. A cut made in a dead deer in order to find out how fat it is.n. Tried quality; temper; proof.n. In hunting, to make a cut down the belly of a dead deer in order to see how fat it is.To assay; test.To essay; attempt; endeavor; try.n. A kind of silk or satin.n. A kind of serge. In the sixteenth century it seems to have been a fine thin cloth used for outer garments.n. A strainer for milk.n. An obsolete preterit of see.n. In poker, the turn of a player to declare whether or not he will ante.