that is to say

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v. said (sĕd), say·ing, says (sĕz)
1. To utter aloud; pronounce: The children said, "Good morning."
2. To express in words: Say what's on your mind.
a. To state as an opinion or judgment; declare: I say let's eat out.
b. To state as a determination of fact: It's hard to say who is right in this matter.
c. To report or maintain; allege: It is said he is a fraud.
4. To repeat or recite: said grace.
a. To indicate; show: The clock says half past two.
b. To give nonverbal expression to; signify or embody: It was an act that said "devotion."
6. To suppose; assume: Let's say that you're right.
To make a statement or express an opinion or judgment: The story must be true because the teacher said so.
1. A turn or chance to speak: Having had my say, I sat down.
2. The right or power to influence or make a decision: Citizens have a say in the councils of government. All I want is some say in the matter.
3. Archaic Something said; a statement.
1. Approximately: There were, say, 500 people present.
2. For instance: a woodwind, say an oboe.
Used to express surprise or appeal for someone's attention.
I say
1. Used preceding an utterance to call attention to it: I say, do you have the time?
2. Used as an exclamation of surprise, delight, or dismay.
that is to say
In other words.
to say nothing of
And there is no need to mention. Used to allude to things that fill out an idea or argument: The yard is a mess, to say nothing of the house.
you can say that again Slang
Used to express strong agreement with what has just been said.

[Middle English seien, from Old English secgan; see sekw- in Indo-European roots.]

say′er n.
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Adv.1.that is to say - as follows
أي أنَّ، بِمَعْنى
to jest
det vil sige
más szóval
òaî er aî segja, meî öîrum orîum
to jest


(sei) 3rd person singular present tense says (sez) : past tense, past participle said (sed) verb
1. to speak or utter. What did you say?; She said `Yes'.
2. to tell, state or declare. She said how she had enjoyed meeting me; She is said to be very beautiful.
3. to repeat. The child says her prayers every night.
4. to guess or estimate. I can't say when he'll return.
the right or opportunity to state one's opinion. I haven't had my say yet; We have no say in the decision.
ˈsaying noun
something often said, especially a proverb etc.
have (something, *nothingetc) to say for oneself
to be able/unable to explain one's actions etc. Your work is very careless – what have you to say for yourself?
I wouldn't say no to
I would like. I wouldn't say no to an ice-cream.
(let's) say
roughly; approximately; about. You'll arrive there in, (let's) say, three hours.
say the word
I'm ready to obey your wishes. If you'd like to go with me, say the word.
that is to say
in other words; I mean. He was here last Thursday, that's to say the 4th of June.
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One man is able to do them good, or at least not many;--the trainer of horses, that is to say, does them good, and others who have to do with them rather injure them?
But if we were friends, and were talking as you and I are now, I should reply in a milder strain and more in the dialectician's vein; that is to say, I should not only speak the truth, but I should make use of premisses which the person interrogated would be willing to admit.
But for all this they were sometimes surrounded with multitudes, and in great danger from their arrows, till at last they found the way to make themselves large targets of wood, which they covered with skins of wild beasts, whose names they knew not, and these covered them from the arrows of the savages: that, notwithstanding these, they were sometimes in great danger; and five of them were once knocked down together with the clubs of the savages, which was the time when one of them was taken prisoner-- that is to say, the Spaniard whom I relieved.