[ verb ] express an idea, etc. in words
"He said that he wanted to marry her" "tell me what is bothering you" "state your opinion"
Used in print(Chicago Daily Tribune...)
Shortly after the Chief_Executive returned to Washington in midmorning from Hyannis_Port , Mass. , a White_House spokesman said the address text still had `` quite a way_to_go '' toward completion .
Asked to elaborate , Pierre_Salinger , White_House press secretary , replied , `` I would say it 's got to go thru several more drafts '' .
Salinger said the work President_Kennedy , advisers , and members of his staff were doing on the address involved composition and wording , rather_than last minute decisions on administration plans to meet the latest Berlin crisis precipitated by Russia 's demands and proposals for the city .
Karns said that the cases involved a matter `` of even greater significance than the guilt or innocence '' of the 50 persons .
He said evidence was obtained `` in violation of the legal_rights of citizens '' .
[ verb ] report or maintain
"He alleged that he was the victim of a crime" "He said it was too late to intervene in the war" "The registrar says that I owe the school money"
Used in print(The Atlanta Constitution...)
The jury said it did find that many_of Georgia 's registration and election laws `` are outmoded or inadequate and often ambiguous '' .
The grand_jury commented on a number of other topics , among them the Atlanta and Fulton_County purchasing_departments which it said `` are well operated and follow generally accepted practices which inure to the best interest of both governments '' .
However , the jury said it believes `` these two offices should be combined to achieve greater efficiency and reduce the cost of administration '' .
The City_Purchasing_Department , the jury said , `` is lacking in experienced clerical personnel as a result of city personnel policies '' .
`` This is one of the major items in the Fulton_County general assistance program '' , the jury said , but the State_Welfare_Department `` has seen_fit to distribute these funds through the welfare departments of all the counties in the state with the exception of Fulton_County , which receives none of_this money .
[ verb ] 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?"
Used in print(Mr. America, 4:6...)
Why it was ever forgotten for even a moment I cannot say because it works perfectly for everyone , no_matter whether he has short or long thigh-bone lengths !(Howard Nemerov, "Themes and Methods: The Early...)
The highroad , one might say at_first , belongs_to life , while the way to the churchyard belongs_to death .(R. P. Jerrard, "Inscribed squares in plane curves"...)
In some neighborhood of an isolated tangent point in the f-plane , say **f , the function **f is either double valued or has no values defined , except at the tangent point itself , where it is single valued .(Robert L. Duncan, The Voice of Strangers....)
`` I should say about a_hundred_thousand '' , Fletcher said .(Bruce Palmer, "My Brother's Keeper", Many Are...)
If he failed to reach the riverbank in five minutes , say , then the skiffs would pull away and leave him groping in the mud .
[ verb ] have or contain a certain wording or form
"The passage reads as follows" "What does the law say?"
Used in print(L. Don Leet and Florence J. Leet, editors, The World of...)
The greater the depth of the water , the greater is the speed of the wave ; Lagrange 's law says that its velocity is equal to the square_root of the product of the depth times the acceleration due_to gravity .
[ verb ] state as one's opinion or judgement; declare
"I say let's forget this whole business"
[ verb ] utter aloud
"She said 'Hello' to everyone in the office"
Used in print(Ann Hebson, The Lattimer Legend....)
`` I stopped to say goodbye , Mrs._Lattimer , and to tell you how sorry I was to hear about your baby .
[ verb ] give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority
"I said to him to go home" "She ordered him to do the shopping" "The mother told the child to get dressed"
Used in print(Kenneth Allsop, The Bootleggers and Their Era...)
But in_the_meantime the beer runner , unhappy with this solution , telephoned Torrio and returned to O_'_Banion with the message : `` Say , Dionie , I just been talking to Johnny , and he said to let them cops have the three_hundred .(Mignon G. Eberhart, The Cup, the Blade...)
Do n't question , Rev had said , do n't invite danger .
She come to the kitchen and say she take it up to you '' .(Alex Gordon, The Cipher....)
`` He says I 'm to take the message '' .
[ verb ] speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way
"She pronounces French words in a funny way" "I cannot say `zip wire'" "Can the child sound out this complicated word?"
Used in print(William Maxwell, The Chateau....)
`` Ex-cuse me '' , he said in Berlitz_English , and got_up and left them , to bathe and dress .
[ verb ] communicate or express nonverbally
"What does this painting say?" "Did his face say anything about how he felt?"
Used in print(Brainard Cheney, "Christianity and the Tragic Vision-Ut...)
Does that not suggest to you an uncertain and uneasy , not to say confused , state of the public mind ?
[ verb ] indicate
"The clock says noon"
[ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 15359
[ interjection ] interjection, to attract attention
[ noun ] the chance to speak
"let him have his say"