saying Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun a word or phrase that particular people use in particular situations
verb express in words
state; say; tell.
- He said that he wanted to marry her
- tell me what is bothering you
- state your opinion
- state your name
verb report or maintain
aver; say; allege.
- 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
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?
verb have or contain a certain wording or form
- The passage reads as follows
- What does the law say?
verb give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority
say; enjoin; order; tell.
- I said to him to go home
- She ordered him to do the shopping
- The mother told the child to get dressed
verb speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way
sound out; pronounce; enunciate; articulate; say; enounce.
- She pronounces French words in a funny way
- I cannot say `zip wire'
- Can the child sound out this complicated word?
verb communicate or express nonverbally
- What does this painting say?
- Did his face say anything about how he felt?
verb utter aloud
- She said `Hello' to everyone in the office
verb state as one's opinion or judgement; declare
- I say let's forget this whole business
verb recite or repeat a fixed text
- Say grace
- She said her `Hail Mary'
- That which is said; a declaration; a statement, especially a proverbial one; an aphorism; a proverb.
Many are the sayings of the wise,
In ancient and in modern books enrolled.
Syn. -- Declaration; speech; adage; maxim; aphorism; apothegm; saw; proverb; byword.
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