tom say

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say1 (seɪ)
 
vb , says, saying, said
1.  to speak, pronounce, or utter
2.  (also intr) to express (an idea) in words; tell: we asked his opinion but he refused to say
3.  (also intr; may take a clause as object) to state (an opinion, fact, etc) positively; declare; affirm
4.  to recite: to say grace
5.  (may take a clause as object) to report or allege: they say we shall have rain today
6.  (may take a clause as object) to take as an assumption; suppose: let us say that he is lying
7.  (may take a clause as object) to convey by means of artistic expression: the artist in this painting is saying that we should look for hope
8.  to make a case for: there is much to be said for either course of action
9.  (Irish) (usually passive) to persuade or coax (someone) to do something: If I hadn't been said by her, I wouldn't be in this fix
10.  go without saying to be so obvious as to need no explanation
11.  informal chiefly (Brit) I say! an exclamation of surprise
12.  not to say even; and indeed
13.  that is to say in other words; more explicitly
14.  to say nothing of as well as; even disregarding: he was warmly dressed in a shirt and heavy jumper, to say nothing of a thick overcoat
15.  to say the least without the slightest exaggeration; at the very least
 
adv
16.  approximately: there were, say, 20 people present
17.  for example: choose a number, say, four
 
n
18.  the right or chance to speak: let him have his say
19.  authority, esp to influence a decision: he has a lot of say in the company's policy
20.  a statement of opinion: you've had your say, now let me have mine
 
interj
21.  informal (US), (Canadian) an exclamation to attract attention or express surprise, etc
 
[Old English secgan; related to Old Norse segja, Old Saxon seggian, Old High German sagēn]
 
'sayer1
 
n

say2 (seɪ)
 
n
archaic a type of fine woollen fabric
 
[C13: from Old French saie, from Latin saga, plural of sagum a type of woollen cloak]

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say
O.E. secgan "to utter, say," from P.Gmc. *sagjanan (cf. O.S. seggian, O.N. segja, O.Fris. sedsa, M.Du. segghen, Du. zeggen, O.H.G. sagen, Ger. sagen "to say"), from PIE *sokei-, probably from base *seq- "point out" (cf. Hitt. shakiya- "to declare," Lith. sakyti "to say," O.C.S. sociti "to vindicate,
show," O.Ir. insce "speech," O.Latin inseque "to tell say"). Past tense said developed from O.E. segde. Not attested in use with inanimate objects (clocks, signs, etc.) as subjects before 1930. You said it "you're right" first recorded 1919; you can say that again as a phrase expressing agreement is recorded from 1942, Amer.Eng. You don't say (so) as an expression of astonishment (often ironic) is first recorded 1779, Amer.Eng.

say
"what someone says," 1570s, from say (v.). Extended form say-so is first recorded 1630s.
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Slang Dictionary

say

vt.
1. To type to a terminal. "To list a directory verbosely, you have to say `ls -l'." Tends to imply a newline-terminated command (a `sentence').
2. A computer may also be said to `say' things to you, even if it doesn't have a speech synthesizer, by displaying them on a terminal in response to your commands. Hackers find it odd that this usage confuses mundanes.
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