[ sed ]
/ sɛd /
simple past tense and past participle of say1.
Chiefly Law. named or mentioned before; aforesaid; aforementioned: said witness; said sum.
Words nearby said
Definition for said (2 of 4)
[ sah-id ]
/ ˈsɑ ɪd /
Definition for said (3 of 4)
[ sey ]
/ seɪ /
verb (used with object), said, say·ing.
to utter or pronounce; speak: What did you say? I said “Hello!”
to express in words; state; declare; word: Say it clearly and simply. It's hard to know how to say this tactfully.
to state as an opinion or judgment: I say her plan is the better one.
to be certain, precise, or assured about; determine: It is hard to say what is wrong.
to recite or repeat: to say one's prayers.
to report or allege; maintain: People say he will resign.
to express (a message, viewpoint, etc.), as through a literary or other artistic medium: a writer with something to say.
to indicate or show: What does your watch say?
to assume as a hypothesis or estimate: Let's say, for the sake of argument, that it's true.
verb (used without object), said, say·ing.
to speak; declare; express an opinion.
approximately; about: It's, say, 14 feet long.
for example: If you serve, say tuna fish and potato chips, it will cost much less.
what a person says or has to say.
the right or opportunity to speak, decide, or exercise influence: to have one's say in choosing the candidate.
a turn to say something: It is now my say.
(used to express surprise, get attention, etc.)
Origin of say1
before 900; Middle English seyen, seggen, Old English secgan; cognate with Dutch zeggen, German sagen, Old Norse segja; akin to saw3
OTHER WORDS FROM saysay·er, noun
Definition for said (4 of 4)
[ sey ]
/ seɪ /
verb (used with object), noun British Dialect.
Origin of say2
1350–1400; Middle English sayen, aphetic variant of assayen to assay
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British Dictionary definitions for said (1 of 4)
/ (sɛd) /
(prenominal) (in contracts, pleadings, etc) named or mentioned previously; aforesaid
the past tense and past participle of say 1
British Dictionary definitions for said (2 of 4)
/ (ˈsɑːɪd) /
a variant of sayyid
British Dictionary definitions for said (3 of 4)
/ (seɪ) /
verb says (sɛz), saying or said (mainly tr)
to speak, pronounce, or utter
(also intr) to express (an idea) in words; tellwe asked his opinion but he refused to say
(also intr; may take a clause as object) to state (an opinion, fact, etc) positively; declare; affirm
to reciteto say grace
(may take a clause as object) to report or allegethey say we shall have rain today
(may take a clause as object) to take as an assumption; supposelet us say that he is lying
(may take a clause as object) to convey by means of artistic expressionthe artist in this painting is saying that we should look for hope
to make a case forthere is much to be said for either course of action
(usually passive) Irish to persuade or coax (someone) to do somethingIf I hadn't been said by her, I wouldn't be in this fix
go without saying to be so obvious as to need no explanation
I say! mainly British informal an exclamation of surprise
not to say even; and indeed
that is to say in other words; more explicitly
to say nothing of as well as; even disregardinghe was warmly dressed in a shirt and heavy jumper, to say nothing of a thick overcoat
to say the least without the slightest exaggeration; at the very least
approximatelythere were, say, 20 people present
for examplechoose a number, say, four
the right or chance to speaklet him have his say
authority, esp to influence a decisionhe has a lot of say in the company's policy
a statement of opinionyou've had your say, now let me have mine
US and Canadian informal an exclamation to attract attention or express surprise, etc
Derived forms of saysayer, noun
Word Origin for say
Old English secgan; related to Old Norse segja, Old Saxon seggian, Old High German sagēn
British Dictionary definitions for said (4 of 4)
/ (seɪ) /
archaic a type of fine woollen fabric
Word Origin for say
C13: from Old French saie, from Latin saga, plural of sagum a type of woollen cloak
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Idioms and Phrases with said (1 of 2)
see easier said than done; enough said; no sooner said than done; when all's said and done; you said it. Also see under say.
Idioms and Phrases with said (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with say
- say a mouthful
- say grace
- say one's piece
- says who?
- say the word
- say uncle
- before you can say Jack Robinson
- cry (say) uncle
- do as I say
- give (say) the word
- go without (saying)
- have a say in
- I dare say
- I'll say
- needless to say
- never say die
- never say never
- not to mention (say nothing of)
- on one's say-so
- strange to say
- suffice it to say
- that is (to say)
- to say the least
- you can say that again
- you don't say
Also see undersaid.
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