French translation of 'say'
transitive verbWord forms: past tense, past participle said
1. [person] dire
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 répéter qch
Could you say that again? Pourriez-vous répéter, s’il vous plaît ?
to say yes dire oui
to say no dire non
I wouldn’t say no (= wouldn’t refuse) je ne dis pas non
to have a lot to say for o.s. (= talk a lot) parler beaucoup
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 ?
2. (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 dire
there is a lot to be said for it cela a beaucoup d’avantages
there is something to be said for it cela a des avantages
3. (used as rhetorical device)
that is to say c’est-à-dire
to say nothing of sans compter
that goes without saying cela va sans dire ⧫ cela va de soi
when all is said and done en fin de compte ⧫ en définitive
you 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
4. (= instruct)
Do as I say! Fais ce que je te dis !
to say sb has to do sth, 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] indiquer
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.
6. (in suggestions, suppositions)
Shall we say Tuesday? Disons mardi ?
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 dire
to have a say avoir voix au chapitre
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Example Sentences Including 'say'
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It knows its stuff and this deal accordingly says much about investor confidence.Times, Sunday Times (2010)
The government has said from the outset that it will not subsidise the industry.Times, Sunday Times (2010)
Your letter says an awful lot about their situation and little about your own.Times, Sunday Times (2011)
He says he likes all the attention but not for the reasons one might expect.Times, Sunday Times (2008)
You beat yourself up and say bad things about yourself.The Sun (2014)
So maybe these dark practices are not as commonplace as people have been saying.Times, Sunday Times (2009)
Afghan and western officials say the policy has damaged attempts to reach out to insurgents.Times, Sunday Times (2011)
It also said that ministers must learn lessons about managing people's information after concern about the care.Times, Sunday Times (2014)
The atmosphere is not good, to say the least.Times, Sunday Times (2007)
The doc said his patient probably did not realise just how bad they were for that reason.The Sun (2014)
They have grown vital ear cells in a lab and say they could one day be transplanted.The Sun (2009)
They said they would give it to me.Times, Sunday Times (2014)
We have said clearly that there will be no return to the 11-plus.Times, Sunday Times (2006)
Who says footballers get paid too much?The Sun (2012)
Yesterday a spokesman said that he had not agreed to be the alliance's referee, nor had he been asked.Times, Sunday Times (2010)
That is not to say that just anything goes.Times, Sunday Times (2010)
Then he says something you agree with.Times, Sunday Times (2013)
This is pretty much what the company said again yesterday.Times, Sunday Times (2011)
Our verbal message will ring hollow if an aspect of the medium potentially says something different.Christianity Today (2000)
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'say' in Other Languages
British English: say /seɪ/ VERB
When you say something, you talk.
She said that they were very pleased.
- American English: say
- 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
- European Portuguese: dizer
- Romanian: a spune
- Russian: говорить
- Spanish: decir
- Swedish: säga
- Thai: พูด
- Turkish: söylemek
- Ukrainian: казати
- Vietnamese: nói
Translation of say from the Collins English to French Dictionary