Noun: saying sey-ing
Verb: say (said) sey
- A word or phrase that particular people use in particular situations
"pardon the saying";
- expression, locution
- Express in words
"He said that he wanted to marry her";
- state, tell
- Report or maintain
"He said it was too late to intervene in the war"; "The registrar says that I owe the school money";
- allege, aver
- Express a supposition
"Let us say that he did not tell the truth"; "Let's say you had a lot of money--what would you do?";
- Have or contain a certain wording or form
"What does the law say?";
- Give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority
"I said to him to go home";
- order, tell, enjoin
- Say (a word, phrase or syllable) in a certain way
"I cannot say 'zip wire'";
- pronounce, articulate, enounce, sound out, enunciate
- Communicate or express nonverbally
"What does this painting say?"; "Did his face say anything about how he felt?"
- Utter aloud
"She said 'Hello' to everyone in the office"
- State as one's opinion or judgement; declare
"I say let's forget this whole business"
- Recite or repeat a fixed text
"Say grace"; "She said her 'Hail Mary'"
"The clock says noon"
Derived forms: sayings
Type of: assert, asseverate, convey, express, feature, give tongue to, have, language, maintain, muse, oral communication, read, recite, record, register, request, show, speculate, speech, speech communication, spoken communication, spoken language, utter, verbalise [Brit], verbalize, voice communication
Encyclopedia: Saying Say, Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose