mes·​sage | \ ˈme-sij How to pronounce message (audio) \

Definition of message

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a communication in writing, in speech, or by signals Please take this message for me to my friend.
2 : a messenger's mission the girl will go on a message to the shop— Cahir Healy
3 : an underlying theme or idea the message is that it is time to changeThe Economist


messaged; messaging

Definition of message (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to send as a message or by messenger
2 : to send a message to

intransitive verb

: to communicate by message

Synonyms for message

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of message in a Sentence

Noun Did you get my message? She has received messages of support from hundreds of people. I left a message on her answering machine. He's not here right now. Can I take a message? I liked the story but I didn't really agree with the book's message. He believed in the church's message of forgiveness. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun If a certain message doesn't work after 30 times, test out a different one. Yec, Forbes, 4 May 2022 Vanna paid tribute to her four-legged companion on Instagram with a photo of them together and a heartfelt message. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 3 May 2022 That is a clear message that the Supreme Court, and the fundamentalist Christian political movement, could soon target those decisions. Frida Ghitis, CNN, 3 May 2022 Amazon’s new benefit is retroactive to Jan. 1, and applies if an operation is not available within 100 miles of an employee’s home and virtual care is not possible, Reuters said citing a company message seen by the news organization. Dominic Fracassa, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 May 2022 His attorney has yet to respond to a message from The Enquirer seeking comment. Quinlan Bentley, The Enquirer, 2 May 2022 But that message fell flat because the organizers were current and former workers. New York Times, 2 May 2022 While out at the Stratford Perth Museum, Hailey left an adorable message for her new HUSBAND while visiting the Justin Bieber exhibit. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, 2 May 2022 New York City Council Member Julie Won also shared a message about Yan's death and expressed support for his family. Deena Zaru, ABC News, 2 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb When the idea behind Twitter was first hatched in a meeting in 2006, the service was envisioned as a way for people to message their friends. Wendy Leestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 14 Apr. 2022 WhatsApp uses a custom version of the Signal encryption protocol, for example, but users still can’t message each other across the apps. Matt Burgess, Wired, 29 Mar. 2022 The new legislation could also change the way consumers message each other. Brian Fung And Clare Duffy, CNN, 29 Mar. 2022 That's going to be a hard thing for Democrats to overcome and to message about. NBC News, 27 Mar. 2022 Its muted colors and empty stars message the trauma of 2020 with its losses from COVID-19 and the separation of migrant children from their parents at the southern border, Salcido wrote in the notes for the exhibition. oregonlive, 12 Mar. 2022 If 70 percent of an electorate is Republican, Democrats can’t organize and message their way to victory. Ben Wikler, The New Republic, 28 Feb. 2022 Options to message the company, which have previously included live chat with a customer support agent or a chat bot, are now limited to an email address link. Tim De Chant, Ars Technica, 28 Jan. 2022 His family resorted to using Facebook products to message him, former Apple Music executive Ian Rogers said in the email. Tim Higgins, WSJ, 8 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of message


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1582, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for message

Noun and Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin missaticum, from Latin missus, past participle of mittere

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The first known use of message was in the 14th century

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6 May 2022

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“Message.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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mes·​sage | \ ˈme-sij How to pronounce message (audio) \

Kids Definition of message

1 : the exchange of information in writing, in speech, or by signals
2 : an underlying theme or idea the book's message

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