1 state, affirm, declare, maintain, hold, aver, remark, assert, claim, asseverate, announce:
She said that I had to go at once, and I said, 'I shall never leave you!'
2 assert, allege, report, mention, rumour, reveal, bruit about, disclose, divulge, bring to light, put about, noise abroad, suggest, hint, whisper:
It was said that spies had already infiltrated the party.
3 pronounce, articulate, utter; phrase, rephrase, translate:
How do you say gemtlich? How do you say it in English?
4 tell, put, express, verbalize, communicate, explain, reveal, bring up, break, impart:
I don't quite know how to say this, Harry, but you have bad breath.
5 reply, respond, answer:
What have you to say to her allegation that it is all your fault?
6 guess, estimate, conjecture, venture, judge, imagine, believe, think:
I'd say you look about 60 years old.
7 mean or intend or try to say, think, contemplate, imply, suggest:
Are you saying that you would steal if you had the opportunity?
8 predict, prognosticate, foretell:
The newspaper says that shares will go down.
9 signify, denote, symbolize, communicate, indicate, convey, suggest, imply, mean:
What does a red light say to you?
10 order, require, demand, bid, stipulate, command, give the word:
If I say that you are to go, then you go - and quickly.
11 deliver, utter, speak:
Say your lines and exit stage left without waiting for a reply.
12 voice, authority, influence, power, weight, sway, clout:
Does she have that much say about how the money should be spent?
13 turn, chance, opportunity, vote:
You've had your say, now let's hear from Ackroyd.
14 approximately, about, roughly, circa, nearly:
The snake was, say, twenty feet long.
15 for example, for instance, as or for an illustration, eg or US e.g.:
Take any novel, say, Wuthering Heights, and analyse the characters.