What are red words?
90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing.These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are morefrequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.
- 1[intransitive/transitive] to express something using words
"Nice to meet you," he said with a smile.
"When's he coming back?" "He didn't say."say (that):
She said that she liked dancing.say how/what/who etc.:
Did he say who called?say something to someone:
Tell me what he said to you.say hello/goodbye etc. (to someone):
Say hello to Jenny for me!say sorry (to someone for something):
I already said sorry for hurting his feelings.say yes/no (to someone/something) (=give/refuse permission):
The committee said yes, so we can go ahead.a horrible/stupid/strange etc. thing to say:
What a strange thing to say, Carrie thought.say something on/about:
I want to say something about this subject.
- 2[transitive] to think something, or to have a particular opinion
I think we should stop now. What do you say?say (that):
He always said you'd be rich and famous one day.
I say we go (=I think we should go) by car.would say so/not (=think it is likely/unlikely):
"Will she meet the deadline?" "I would say so."
- a.if people say something or if something is said, it is the opinion of a lot of peoplethey/people say (that):
They say laughter is the best medicine.as they say:
Time, as they say, is a great healer.be said to do something:
She is said to have great talent as an artist.
The castle is said to be haunted.it is said (that):
It is said that he was introduced to the king by a wealthy cousin.
someone can't say (something)spoken
can't say fairer than thatBritish informal
go without saying (that)
have something to say to someone/about something
have something/a lot/nothing etc. to say for yourself
having said thatspoken
if I may say (so)mainly British spoken formal
I must say (that)
or I have to say (that) spoken
I wouldn't say no (to something)spoken
(just) say the wordspoken
not to say
say it all
say a lot/very little etc. for
say no morespoken
say this/that for someone
say something to yourself
say what?American spoken
say what you like (about)spoken
say your piece
shall I/we sayspoken formal
that is to sayformal
that's/it's easier said than done
that's not saying much
that's not to say (that)
there's something/a lot/not much etc. to be said for something
though/if I say it myself
or though/if I say so myself
to say the least
to say nothing of
what do you say I/we do something?spoken
what have you got to say for yourself?spoken
what someone says goes
what would someone say to something?spoken
when all is said and donemainly spoken
who can say?spoken
who's/what's to say (that)?spoken
you can say that againspoken
you don't sayspoken
you said itspoken
This is the American English definition of say. View British English definition of say.