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plural DMs
: a private message sent on social media (as on the Twitter online message service) to a specific individual or group
However, Sadie Stanley was ultimately cast as Kim, and Madelaine even sent her an encouraging DM about her new role.Kara Nesvig
DM verb
DMed; DMing; DMs
Women around the world DMed Robbie and Sarah saying how much the couple's love inspired them. Rebecca Jennings


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abbreviation (1)

deutsche mark


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abbreviation (2)


Examples of DM in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
There are currently two products in the DM Vault products line. Rob Wieland, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2024 Another study investigated the effects of injecting human corneal endothelial cells cultured on a Descemet's membrane (DM) substrate and found promising results in patients with Fuchs's endothelial corneal dystrophy. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 17 Feb. 2024 And rising … Slacking Off There’s nothing like lying in bed at night, drifting off to sleep, and then hearing that little brush-click sound that tells you your coworker has just sent you a DM. Boone Ashworth, WIRED, 10 Feb. 2024 Additionally, a ‘DM’ logo emblazoned on the sideline will remain on the floor at Chase Center for every remaining home game this year, the team announced. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, 24 Jan. 2024 Other nonprescription drugs like guaifenesin (sold in Mucinex and Robitussin), dextromethorphan (sold in Robitussin DM), and antihistamines for a cold like chlorpheniramine likely don't help with coughs and colds. Randy Hatton, Scientific American, 21 Dec. 2023 Launching on November 19th, nearly four years after that fateful Instagram DM between Morgane and Laura, the collection offers limited-edition pieces that seamlessly marry Morgane’s and Brown’s senses of style. Megan O'Sullivan, Vogue, 16 Nov. 2023 With that effort, nearly 14 years after DM’s first chart appearance on the chart, and first top 10, the synth-pop outfit set a new mark for the longest wait between an act’s first entry and first top tier appearance on the tally. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 1 Nov. 2023 Tell them how to confirm the source of an official-sounding email, text or DM by contacting senders independently though another method. Heather Kelly, Washington Post, 30 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History



direct message

First Known Use


2007, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of DM was in 2007

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“DM.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Medical Definition


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2 of 2 abbreviation
diabetes mellitus
diastolic murmur
[Latin dystrophia myotonica] myotonic dystrophy
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