To have your say means to get an opportunity to deliver your opinion on something. If you're at a loud and hostile town council meeting, you might not get a chance to have your say unless you shout it.

Say means to speak, so any time you utter a word, you're saying it. If you write an editorial about dogs in the paper, that's also a form of saying. Someone could quote you as saying "dogs should be worshipped." You can say something with your body language, too. Like most common words, say is very old, coming from the Old English sęcgan, meaning "to tell."

Definitions of say
  1. verb
    utter aloud
    “She said `Hello' to everyone in the office”
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    express, give tongue to, utter, verbalise, verbalize
    articulate; either verbally or with a cry, shout, or noise
  2. verb
    express in words
    “He said that he wanted to marry her”
    synonyms: state, tell
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    lay out, present, represent
    bring forward and present to the mind
    state something incorrectly
    answer, reply, respond
    react verbally
    introduce, precede, preface, premise
    furnish with a preface or introduction
    announce, declare
    announce publicly or officially
    articulate, enunciate, vocalise, vocalize
    express or state clearly
    get out
    express with difficulty
    state emphatically and authoritatively
    make a declaration (of dutiable goods) to a customs official
    mention, note, observe, remark
    make mention of
    add, append, supply
    state or say further
    convey or reveal information
    sum, sum up, summarise, summarize
    be a summary of
    enter a plea, as in courts of law
    confess one's faith in, or allegiance to
    argue, reason
    present reasons and arguments
    argue, indicate
    give evidence of
    call back
    return or repeat a telephone call
    speak in response
    answer adequately or successfully
    answer back in an impudent or insolent manner
    come back, rejoin, repay, retort, return, riposte
    answer back
    declare or judge unfit for use or habitation
    put a law into effect by formal declaration
    bless, consecrate, hallow, sanctify
    render holy by means of religious rites
    account, answer for
    furnish a justifying analysis or explanation
    advise, propose, suggest
    make a proposal, declare a plan for something
    assure, promise
    make a promise or commitment
    promise to undertake or give
    take the Fifth, take the Fifth Amendment
    refuse to testify by invoking the Fifth Amendment, which states that nobody may be forced to testify as a witness against himself or herself
    make a preliminary introduction, usually to a formal document
    prologise, prologize, prologuize
    write or speak a prologue
    condemn, doom, sentence
    pronounce a sentence on (somebody) in a court of law
    twist and turn so as to give an intended interpretation
    exclaim, proclaim, promulgate
    state or announce
    state freely
    affirm, assert, aver, avow, swan, swear, verify
    to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true
    depone, depose, swear
    make a deposition; declare under oath
    attest, bear witness, take the stand, testify
    give testimony in a court of law
    name the price of
    insert, slip in, sneak in, stick in
    insert casually
    toss in
    add casually to a conversation
    issue a decree
    animadvert, opine, sound off, speak out, speak up
    express one's opinion openly and without fear or hesitation
    respond to the reins, as of horses
    comment, notice, point out, remark
    make or write a comment on
    count out
    declare the loser
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    express, give tongue to, utter, verbalise, verbalize
    articulate; either verbally or with a cry, shout, or noise
  3. verb
    state as one's opinion or judgement; declare
    “I say let's forget this whole business”
    state, tell
    express in words
  4. verb
    report or maintain
    “He said it was too late to intervene in the war”
    “The registrar says that I owe the school money”
    synonyms: allege, aver
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    make an allegation in an action or other legal proceeding, especially answer the previous pleading of the other party by denying facts therein stated or by alleging new facts
    enter a demurrer
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    assert, asseverate, maintain
    state categorically
  5. verb
    give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority
    “I said to him to go home”
    synonyms: enjoin, order, tell
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    command with authority
    give instructions or directions for some task
    command, require
    make someone do something
    call, send for
    order, request, or command to come
    ask to go away
    instruct or command with authority
    instruct (a jury) about the law, its application, and the weighing of evidence
    burden, charge, saddle
    impose a task upon, assign a responsibility to
    make a formal request for official services
    cite, summon, summons
    call in an official matter, such as to attend court
    call, summon, or alert with a beeper
    call back, recall
    summon to return
    call in
    summon to a particular activity or employment
    call to stop the hunt or to retire, as of hunting dogs
    call to duty, military service, jury duty, etc.
    disallow, forbid, interdict, nix, prohibit, proscribe, veto
    command against
    call for
    ask to come
    printing: direct that a matter marked for omission or correction is to be retained (used in the imperative)
    call up, mobilise, mobilize, rally
    call to arms; of military personnel
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    ask (a person) to do something
  6. verb
    have or contain a certain wording or form
    “What does the law say?”
    synonyms: read
    interpret something that is written or printed
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    feature, have
    have as a feature
  7. verb
    speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way
    “I cannot say `zip wire'”
    synonyms: articulate, enounce, enunciate, pronounce, sound out
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    pronounce with a nasal twang
    utter with tense vocal chords
    pronounce (vowels) by bringing the tongue closer to the roof of the mouth
    articulate in a very careful and rhythmic way
    palatalise, palatalize
    pronounce a consonant with the tongue against the palate
    nasalise, nasalize
    pronounce with a lowered velum
    nasalise, nasalize
    speak nasally or through the nose
    mispronounce, misspeak
    pronounce a word incorrectly
    pronounce with aspiration; of stop sounds
    sound, vocalise, vocalize, voice
    utter with vibrating vocal chords
    articulate (a consonant) with the tongue curled back against the palate
    subvocalise, subvocalize
    articulate without making audible sounds
    syllabise, syllabize
    utter with distinct articulation of each syllable
    lengthen and slow down or draw out
    labialise, labialize, round
    pronounce with rounded lips
    speak with a lisp
    accent, accentuate, stress
    put stress on; utter with an accent
    vocalise, vocalize, vowelise, vowelize
    pronounce as a vowel
    produce a click
    pronounce with a trill, of the phoneme `r'
    pronounce with an initial sibilant
    pronounce with a flap, of alveolar sounds
    cause to burst as a result of air pressure; of stop consonants like /p/, /t/, and /k/
    pronounce with a roll, of the phoneme /r/
    make a shrill creaking, squeaking, or noise, as of a door, mouse, or bird
    quaver, waver
    give off unsteady sounds, alternating in amplitude or frequency
  8. verb
    express a supposition
    “Let us say that he did not tell the truth”
    “Let's say you had a lot of money--what would you do?”
    synonyms: suppose
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    talk over conjecturally, or review in an idle or casual way and with an element of doubt or without sufficient reason to reach a conclusion
  9. verb
    recite or repeat a fixed text
    Say grace”
    “She said her `Hail Mary'”
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    repeat aloud from memory
  10. noun
    the chance to speak
    “let him have his say
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    chance, opportunity
    a possibility due to a favorable combination of circumstances
  11. verb
    communicate or express nonverbally
    “What does this painting say?”
    “Did his face say anything about how he felt?”
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    make known; pass on, of information
  12. verb
    “The clock says noon”
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    read, record, register, show
    indicate a certain reading; of gauges and instruments
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