Definition of message in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈmɛsɪdʒ


1A verbal, written, or recorded communication sent to or left for a recipient who cannot be contacted directly: if I’m not there leave a message on the answerphone
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  • The messages are not sent directly to the recipient's phone, rather the sender and the recipient must subscribe to the service which provides a secret link for them to access the message.
  • Text messaging is the cellphone technology that allows users to send and receive written messages through their phones.
  • I even used birds to send my messages from here directly to Devlin.
1.1 (also mail message) An email or similar electronic communication: select an option to delete your mail messages
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  • For example, when typing a mail message, or word processing the GPU can be throttled back to reduce component temperatures, and increase longevity.
  • It was so nice to see your website right after I received a spam mail message from Acme Online Systems!
  • The screen is captured and a new mail message launches in the default mail application.
1.2An electronic communication generated automatically by a computer program and displayed on a screen: an error message
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  • Your browser will usually automatically generate a message when this occurs.
  • You can set it up to automatically generate e-mail messages when certain alert conditions are met such as running out of stock on an item.
  • Each piece of equipment in a computer network generates messages and events and errors - right?
1.3A communication from a prophet or preacher, believed to be inspired by God: Jesus and his followers were promulgating a specifically Judaic message for Judaic adherents
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  • Those who believed the message he preached became not only good people, but good citizens and then good leaders.
  • The recently urbanized underclasses are particularly susceptible to the messages of populist preachers.
  • The message entrusted to the preacher must be proclaimed just as it was first delivered.
1.4US A television or radio advertisement: we’ll be back after these messages
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  • These will be reinforced with similar messages on radio and television.
  • Many have developed responsibility messages for television and radio.
  • Brown adds that A.E. uses radio and television messages to promote its refrigerated yogurt products.
2A significant political, social, or moral point that is being conveyed by a film, speech, etc. a campaign to get the message about home security across
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  • Can videogames convey social and political messages and still be a lot of fun?
  • Most of that material, however, while interesting, is marginal to the political message of the film.
  • Acclaimed for using a popular format to pass on the social message, the film had used the soap opera look to cash in on a large audience.
meaning, sense, import, idea;
point, thrust, gist, essence, spirit, content, subject (matter), substance, implication, tenor, drift, purport, intimation, theme, moral, lesson, precept
3Scottish & Irish An errand: he would run those interminable messages after school to the bookie
3.1 (messages) Things bought on an errand; shopping.


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Send a message to (someone), especially by email: I was messaged by a Californian contact for some information (as noun messaging) the software package incorporates messaging, scheduling, and workflow functions
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  • A few guys messaged me; ‘Nice profile and pics mate!’
  • The night was kinda ruined earlier on when my friend - the one who got engaged stupidly early - messaged me to say that her bloke didn't want us to keep in touch.
  • Drew messaged me yesterday morning while I was at work.


Middle English: from Old French, based on Latin missus, past participle of mittere 'send'.


get the message

informal Understand what is implied by a remark or action: as soon as you tell students they’d do better on a more practical course they get the message they’re dum-dums
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  • We get the message but to truly understand the idea, we need to dig a little deeper.
  • We, of course, had got the message that we were stupid and lazy.
  • It is sometimes very difficult to get the message across without them and planting trees is an easily understood method.
understand, get the point, get the drift, comprehend;

send a message

Make a significant statement, either implicitly or by one’s actions: it sends a message to potential foreign investors
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  • An election might have sent a message to prospective tourists that life was continuing as normal outside certain designated areas.
  • He then sends a message of congratulations to the voter in the election, won by the Republican Party in a landslide.
  • Bell suggested that council needs to send a strong message to the government and send a message to the solicitor general.

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