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sayingmore about saying


  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Say  \Say\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Said}  (s[e^]d),  contracted  from 
  sayed;  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Saying}.]  [OE.  seggen,  seyen,  siggen, 
  sayen,  sayn,  AS  secgan  akin  to  OS  seggian  D.  zeggen  LG 
  seggen,  OHG.  sag[=e]n,  G.  sagen,  Icel.  segja,  Sw  s["a]ga, 
  Dan.  sige,  Lith.  sakyti;  cf  OL  insece  tell  relate,  Gr 
  'e`nnepe  (for  'en-sepe),  'e`spete.  Cf  {Saga},  {Saw}  a 
  1.  To  utter  or  express  in  words  to  tell  to  speak;  to 
  declare;  as  he  said  many  wise  things 
  Arise,  and  say  how  thou  camest  here  --Shak. 
  2.  To  repeat;  to  rehearse;  to  recite;  to  pronounce;  as  to 
  say  a  lesson. 
  Of  my  instruction  hast  thou  nothing  bated  In  what 
  thou  hadst  to  say?  --Shak. 
  After  which  shall  be  said  or  sung  the  following 
  hymn.  --Bk.  of  Com. 
  3.  To  announce  as  a  decision  or  opinion;  to  state  positively; 
  to  assert;  hence  to  form  an  opinion  upon  to  be  sure 
  about  to  be  determined  in  mind  as  to 
  But  what  it  is  hard  is  to  say  --Milton. 
  4.  To  mention  or  suggest  as  an  estimate,  hypothesis,  or 
  approximation;  hence  to  suppose;  --  in  the  imperative, 
  followed  sometimes  by  the  subjunctive;  as  he  had  say 
  fifty  thousand  dollars;  the  fox  had  run,  say  ten  miles. 
  Say  for  nonpayment  that  the  debt  should  double,  Is 
  twenty  hundred  kisses  such  a  trouble?  --Shak. 
  {It  is  said},  or  {They  say},  it  is  commonly  reported;  it  is 
  rumored;  people  assert  or  maintain. 
  {That  is  to  say},  that  is  in  other  words  otherwise. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Saying  \Say"ing\,  n. 
  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.  --Milton. 
  Syn:  Declaration;  speech;  adage;  maxim;  aphorism;  apothegm; 
  saw;  proverb;  byword. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  :  a  word  or  phrase  that  particular  people  use  in  particular 
  situations;  "pardon  the  expression"  [syn:  {expression},  {locution}] 

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