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Related to daresay: alleviated, machination


To think very likely or almost certain; suppose. Used in the first person singular present tense: I daresay you're wrong.
To suppose; conjecture. Used in the first person singular present tense: Will they be late?—Yes, I daresay.



v.i., v.t.
to venture to say (something); assume (something) as probable (used in pres. sing. 1st pers.): I daresay it's too late.
Also, dare′ say′.
[1250–1300; Middle English dar sayen I dare to say]
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I have not seen Bly since the day I left it, and I daresay that to my older and more informed eyes it would now appear sufficiently contracted.
But you've another one I daresay, and you'll tell it to me, won't you?
I daresay you are," remarked Jane, with what might be described as one of her annual bursts of courage; "but all the same, Mirandy, it wasn't good manners, and it wasn't good religion
I daresay she is crying because she could not go out with Missis in the carriage," interposed Bessie.
We might have got on tolerably, notwithstanding, but for two people - Miss Cathy, and Joseph, the servant: you saw him, I daresay, up yonder.
I daresay, and get back home at eight o'clock, splashed up to the chin.
Perhaps it doesn't understand English,' thought Alice; `I daresay it's a French mouse, come over with William the Conqueror.
In China, as I daresay you know, the Emperor is a Chinaman, and all his courtiers are also Chinamen.
I would not ask anything more than that this youth should go back and leave me; perhaps with not seeing him, and the long distance we shall have to travel, the pain I suffer now may become easier; though I daresay the remedy I propose will do me very little good.
Maybe it will begin to revenge itself, too, but, as it were, piecemeal, in trivial ways, from behind the stove, incognito, without believing either in its own right to vengeance, or in the success of its revenge, knowing that from all its efforts at revenge it will suffer a hundred times more than he on whom it revenges itself, while he, I daresay, will not even scratch himself.
He'll follow me fast enough, I daresay," he added, with a half-groan.
Well, Bessy Cranage is a hearty-looking lass; I daresay she'll come round again, Joshua.