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definition of the word say

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Rank of this word in the English language, from analyzing texts from Project Gutenberg.
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Old English secġan

to say

Third person singular

Simple past

Past participle

Present participle

to say (third-person singular simple present says, present participle saying, simple past and past participle said)

  1. To pronounce
    Please say your name slowly and clearly.
  2. To recite
    Martha, will you say grace?
  3. To communicate, either verbally or in writing
    He said he would be here tomorrow.
  4. To indicate in a written form
    The sign says it’s 50 kilometres to Paris.
  5. (impersonal) to have a common expression; used in singular passive voice or plural active voice to indicate a rumor or well-known fact
    • 1815, George Gordon Byron, The Hebrew Melodies/They say that Hope is happiness:
      They say that Hope is happiness; But genuine Love must prize the past.
    • 1819, Great Britain Court of Chancery, Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the High Court of Chancery, page 8:
      It is said, a bargain cannot be set aside upon inadequacy only.
    • 1841, Christopher Marshall, The Knickerbocker (New-York Monthly Magazine), page 379:
      It’s said that fifteen wagon loads of ready-made clothes for the Virginia troops came to, and stay in, town to-night.

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