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Definition of SAYING

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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[aum]ga, Dan. sige, Lith. sakyti; cf. OL. insece tell, relate, Gr.
     'e`nnepe (for 'en-sepe), 'e`spete. Cf. {Saga}, {Saw} a saying.]
     1. To utter or express in words; to tell; to speak; to declare; as, he said many wise things. [1913 Webster]

              Arise, and say how thou camest here.  --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     2. To repeat; to rehearse; to recite; to pronounce; as, to say a lesson. [1913 Webster]

              Of my instruction hast thou nothing bated In what thou hadst to say?            --Shak. [1913 Webster]

              After which shall be said or sung the following hymn.                                 --Bk. of Com. Prayer. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

              But what it is, hard is to say.       --Milton. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

              Say, for nonpayment that the debt should double, Is twenty hundred kisses such a trouble? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     {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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Saying \Say"ing\, n.
     That which is said; a declaration; a statement, especially a proverbial one; an aphorism; a proverb. [1913 Webster]

           Many are the sayings of the wise,
           In ancient and in modern books enrolled. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

     Syn: Declaration; speech; adage; maxim; aphorism; apothegm; saw; proverb; byword. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

96 Moby Thesaurus words for "saying":
     Parthian shot, adage, address, affirmance, affirmation, allegation, ana, analects, announcement, annunciation, answer, aphorism, apostrophe, apothegm, assertion, asseveration, averment, avouchment, avowal, axiom, byword, catchword, collected sayings, comment, conclusion, crack, creed, current saying, declaration, dictate, dictum, distich, enunciation, epigram, exclamation, expression, gnome, golden saying, greeting, interjection, ipse dixit, manifesto, maxim, mention, moral, mot, motto, note, observation, oracle, phrase, pithy saying, position, position paper, positive declaration, precept, predicate, predication, prescript, proclamation, profession, pronouncement, proposition, protest, protestation, proverb, proverbial saying, proverbs, question, reflection, remark, saw, say, say-so, sentence, sententious expression, sloka, stance, stand, statement, stock saying, subjoinder, sutra, teaching, text, thought, truism, utterance, verse, vouch, wisdom, wisdom literature, wise saying, witticism, word, words of wisdom

Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]

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