French translation of 'say'
Word forms: past tense past participle said
⇒ What did he say?
Qu'est-ce qu'il a dit?
⇒ Did you hear what she said?
Tu as entendu ce qu'elle a dit?
⇒ I'd like to say a few words.
J'aimerais dire quelques mots.to say sth again
⇒ Could you say that again?
Pourriez-vous répéter, s'il vous plaît?to say yes
dire ouito say no
dire nonI wouldn't say no (= wouldn't refuse)
je ne dis pas nonto have a lot to say for o.s. (= talk a lot)
⇒ He doesn't have much to say for himself.
Il ne parle pas beaucoup.
⇒ What have you got to say for yourself?(asking for explanation)
Alors, quelle est ton excuse?
- (indicating opinion, feelings)
to say a lot for sb
être tout à l'honneur de qn
⇒ It says a lot for her that she admitted her mistake.
C'est tout à son honneur qu'elle ait reconnu son erreur.to not say much for sb
ne pas être à l'honneur de qn
⇒ That doesn't say much for him.
Ce n'est pas à son honneur.that says it all
cela veut tout direthere is a lot to be said for it
cela a beaucoup d'avantagesthere is something to be said for it
cela a des avantages
- (used as rhetorical device)
that is to say
c'est-à-direto say nothing of
sans compterthat goes without saying
cela va sans dire,
cela va de soiwhen all is said and done
en fin de compte,
en définitiveyou can say that again!
je ne te le fais pas dire!you don't say! (showing surprise)
ce n'est pas possible!(ironic)
comme c'est étonnant!not to say
pour ne pas dire
- (= instruct)
⇒ Do as I say!
Fais ce que je te dis!to say sb has to do sth or to say that sb has to do sth
⇒ She said I was to give you this.,
⇒ She said that I was to give you this.
Elle m'a dit de vous remettre ceci.
- [watch, dial]
⇒ It says on the sign "No Smoking".
L'écriteau dit "Interdiction de fumer".
⇒ My watch says 3 o'clock.
Ma montre indique 3 heures.,
Il est 3 heures à ma montre.
- (in suggestions, suppositions)
⇒ Shall we say Tuesday?
⇒ Come for dinner at, say, 8 o'clock.
Venez dîner à ... disons 8 heures.say (that) ... (= imagine that)
mettons que ...,
disons que ...
to have one's say
dire ce qu'on a à direto have a say
avoir voix au chapitre
Example Sentences Including 'say'
It had seemed a little odd to hear Jessica say the word `dead'.THE EXECUTION (2002)
I dunno if the system's run outa paper, but I'm not, as they say , gunna make any enquiries.YESTERDAY'S SHADOW (2002)
Then I heard a policeman say OK, OK, let the gentleman pass.THE EXECUTION (2002)
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'say' in Other Languages
- Arabic: يَقولُ
- Brazilian Portuguese: dizer
- Chinese: 说
- Croatian: reći
- Czech: říci
- Danish: sige
- Dutch: zeggen
- European Spanish: decir
- Finnish: sanoa
- French: dire
- German: sagen
- Greek: λέω
- Italian: dire
- Japanese: 言う
- Korean: 말하다
- Norwegian: si
- Polish: powiedzieć mówić
- Portuguese: dizer
- Romanian: a spune
- Russian: говорить
- Spanish: decir
- Swedish: säga
- Thai: พูด
- Turkish: söylemek
- Ukrainian: казати сказати
- Vietnamese: nói
Translation of say from the Collins English to French Dictionary