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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Say \Say\, v. t.
   To try; to assay. [Obs.] --B. Jonson.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Say \Say\, n. [OE. saie, F. saie, fr. L. saga, equiv. to sagum,
   sagus, a coarse woolen mantle; cf. Gr. sa`gos. See Sagum.]
   1. A kind of silk or satin. [Obs.]
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            Thou say, thou serge, nay, thou buckram lord!
                                                  --Shak.
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   2. A delicate kind of serge, or woolen cloth. [Obs.]
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            His garment neither was of silk nor say. --Spenser.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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.
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            Arise, and say how thou camest here.  --Shak.
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   2. To repeat; to rehearse; to recite; to pronounce; as, to
      say a lesson.
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            Of my instruction hast thou nothing bated
            In what thou hadst to say?            --Shak.
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            After which shall be said or sung the following
            hymn.                                 --Bk. of Com.
                                                  Prayer.
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   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.
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            But what it is, hard is to say.       --Milton.
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   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.
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            Say, for nonpayment that the debt should double,
            Is twenty hundred kisses such a trouble? --Shak.
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   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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Say \Say\ (s[=a]), obs. imp. of See.
   Saw. --Chaucer.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Say \Say\ (s[=a]), n. [Aphetic form of assay.]
   1. Trial by sample; assay; sample; specimen; smack. [Obs.]
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            If those principal works of God . . . be but certain
            tastes and says, as it were, of that final benefit.
                                                  --Hooker.
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            Thy tongue some say of breeding breathes. --Shak.
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   2. Tried quality; temper; proof. [Obs.]
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            He found a sword of better say.       --Spenser.
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   3. Essay; trial; attempt. [Obs.]
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   To give a say at, to attempt. --B. Jonson.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Say \Say\, v. i.
   To speak; to express an opinion; to make answer; to reply.
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         You have said; but whether wisely or no, let the forest
         judge.                                   --Shak.
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         To this argument we shall soon have said; for what
         concerns it us to hear a husband divulge his household
         privacies?                               --Milton.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Say \Say\, n. [From Say, v. t.; cf. Saw a saying.]
   A speech; something said; an expression of opinion; a current
   story; a maxim or proverb. [Archaic or Colloq.]
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         He no sooner said out his say, but up rises a cunning
         snap.                                    --L'Estrange.
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         That strange palmer's boding say,
         That fell so ominous and drear
         Full on the object of his fear.          --Sir W.
                                                  Scott.
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