say vs tell :

Definitions

  • n  the chance to speak
    let him have his say
  • v  express in words
  • v  report or maintain
    The registrar says that I owe the school money
  • v  express a supposition
    Let us say that he did not tell the truth
    Let's say you had a lot of money--what would you do?
  • v  have or contain a certain wording or form
    What does the law say?
  • v  give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority
  • v  speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way
    I cannot say `zip wire'
  • v  communicate or express nonverbally
    What does this painting say?
    Did his face say anything about how he felt?
  • v  utter aloud
  • v  state as one's opinion or judgement; declare
    I say let's forget this whole business
  • v  recite or repeat a fixed text
  • v  indicate
    The clock says noon

  • n  a Swiss patriot who lived in the early 14th century and who was renowned for his skill as an archer; according to legend an Austrian governor compelled him to shoot an apple from his son's head with his crossbow (which he did successfully without mishap)
  • v  express in words
    tell me what is bothering you
  • v  let something be known
  • v  narrate or give a detailed account of
  • v  give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority
  • v  discern or comprehend
    He could tell that she was unhappy
  • v  inform positively and with certainty and confidence
    I tell you that man is a crook!
  • v  give evidence
    he was telling on all his former colleague
  • v  mark as different
News & Articles


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