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.


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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.


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; take the hint

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.


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

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