say etymology

English word say comes from Latin ago, Latin de, and later Latin exagium ((Late Latin) A balance. A weighing, weight.)

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Detailed word origin of say

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
ago Latin (lat) (of offerings) I slay, kill (as a sacrifice). (of plants) I put forth, sprout, extend. (of time) I pass, spend. I accomplish, manage, achieve. I chase, pursue. I discuss, plead, deliberate. I do, act, make, behave. I drive at, pursue (a course of action). I drive, conduct. I guide, govern, administer. I perform, transact. I push, move, impel. I rob, steal, plunder, carry off. I stir up, [...]
de Latin (lat) (Late Latin) of persons. From, away from, down from, out of; in general to indicate the person or place from which any thing is taken, etc., with verbs of taking away, depriving, demanding, requesting, inquiring, buying; as capere, sumere, emere, quaerere, discere, trahere, etc., and their compounds.. From, away from, to indicate the place from which someone or something departs or [...]
exigo Latin (lat) (of time) I spend, pass.. I bring to an end, conclude, finish, complete.. I demand, require; enforce, exact (pay).. I determine, find out, ascertain.. I drive out; expel.. I endure, undergo.. I examine, consider, test.. I execute, complete a task.. I measure against a standard; weigh.
exagium Late Latin (LL)
exagium Latin (lat) (Late Latin) A balance. A weighing, weight.
essai Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) Trial (task of considerable difficulty).
assai Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro)
assay English (eng) (archaic, intransitive) To try, attempt (to do something). [14th-19th c.]. (obsolete, transitive) To test the abilities of (someone) in combat; to fight. [15th-17th c.]. (transitive) To analyze or estimate the composition or value of (a metal, ore etc.). [from 15th c.]. (transitive) To attempt (something). [from 14th c.]. To affect.. To try tasting, as food or drink. Examination and [...]
say English (eng) Essay; trial; attempt.. Trial by sample; assay; specimen.. Tried quality; temper; proof. To try; to assay.

Words with the same origin as say

Descendants of ago
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Descendants of de
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