Say: Words To Improve Your Vocabulary

Say

Saying is another one of the most common verbs used in a sentence. It could mean a lot of things under different contexts. Here are few other words which describe the different ways the word ‘say’ can be used. These words will help you improve your vocabulary and will help you write better content for your IELTS exam.

Affirm

To state emphatically or publicly.

E.g.I can affirm that no one will lose their job.

Everything I had accomplished seemed to affirm that opinion.

Allege

To claim or assert that someone has done something illegal or wrong, typically without proof.

E.g.The police allege that the man was murdered but they have given no proof.

 Any other parties must be able to allege fraud or deceit.

Assert

To state a fact or belief confidently and forcefully.

E.g.She continued to assert that she was innocent.

She continued to assert her innocence.

Conjecture

To form an opinion or supposition about (something) on the basis of incomplete information.

E.g.We could not conjecture the fact from what he said.

That was a conjecture, not a fact.

Divulge

To make something known (private or sensitive information).

E.g. I cannot divulge how much it cost.

Officials refuse to divulge details of the negotiations.

Imply

Indicating the truth or existence of (something) by suggestion rather than explicit reference.

E.g.She had not meant to imply that he was lying.

I never meant to imply any criticism

Opine

To hold and state as one’s opinion.

E.g.He opined that the navy would have to start again from the beginning.

 I opined that it would certainly be dramatic, if un-presidential.

Utter

To complete; absolute.

E.g.To my utter amazement she agreed.

She’s an utter stranger to me.

Saying

A saying can also refer to a proverb. Here are few other words that can be used instead:

Adage

a proverb or short statement expressing a general truth.

E.g.Remember the old adage — buy cheap, buy twice!

According to the old adage, a picture is worth a thousand words.

Axiom

A statement or proposition which is regarded as being established, accepted, or self-evidently true.

E.g.It is a widely held axiom that governments should not negotiate with terrorists.

It is a widely held axiom that they should not negotiate with terrorists.

Dictum

A short statement that expresses a general truth or principle.

E.g.He followed the famous American dictum, ‘Don’t get mad, get even.

This dictum is borne out again and again.

Byword

A word or expression summarizing a thing’s characteristics or a person’s principles.

E.g.His name has become a byword for cruelty.

His name has become a byword for honesty in the community.

Truism

A statement that is obviously true and says nothing new or interesting.

E.g.It is an obvious truism that people act in accordance with their motives.

As far as health is concerned, it’s a truism that prevention is better than cure.

Motto

A short sentence or phrase chosen as encapsulating the beliefs or ideals of an individual, family, or institution.

E.g.Moderation in all things is my motto.

Our motto is “Plan for the worst and hope for the best”

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