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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.
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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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But I daresay that when she gets there she will he glad enough to keep quiet, as they say that the heat is intense.
"Ah, I daresay you have many religious friends and companions there; you are a Methodist--a Wesleyan, I think?"
I daresay when you were my age, you would have felt as I feel.
'I daresay there are,' my mother would say with conviction, 'but if you try that plan you will never need to try another.'
And if you know where he's sneaking--I daresay you do--you may tell him to spare himself the journey o' coming back home.
"Don't remember me, I daresay. Met you once or twice last time you were in London.
"As to the mouth, it delights at times in laughter; it is disposed to impart all that the brain conceives; though I daresay it would be silent on much the heart experiences.
"I daresay you could have been legally a Marshal of France and a Member of Parliament in England - and then, indeed, you would have been of some use to our Embassy."
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 his papers, if he has left any, include some satires that may be published without too destructive results fifty years hence.
And as for all the wisdom and goodness you have been trying to instil into me--that is all very right and proper, I daresay, and if I were some twenty years older, I might fructify by it: but people must enjoy themselves when they are young; and if others won't let them--why, they must hate them for it!'
I daresay it's very silly and unreasonable, but it's stronger than I am.