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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The starting point should be a monthly message discussing the benefits your company offers and how to make use of them. Etta Money, Forbes, "Five Ways To Improve Your Employees’ Financial Wellness In 2021," 3 Mar. 2021 That was the hidden message in the parachute of the Mars Perseverance rover. Rhett Allain, Wired, "How Far Away From Perseverance Did the Descent Stage Land?," 3 Mar. 2021 Instead, scientists including Hotez have taken it upon themselves to get the message to conservative audiences. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "Trump inoculation message highlights struggle to reach Republican vaccine skeptics," 2 Mar. 2021 In the letter was a message from Rosa Parks principal Tracy Neeley. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, "Live: Officials provide an update on the death of 6-year-old James Hutchinson," 1 Mar. 2021 Hopefully, people will get the message and will back off. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Maddie Ziegler Makes a Plea For People to Stop Bullying Her Sister Kenzie," 1 Mar. 2021 Or is there a message for the Heat in there — one that explains why they’re forever linked in trade talks with an All-Star starter like Washington guard Bradley Beal? Dave Hyde,, "Hyde: What did NBA coaches say in bypassing Heat’s Adebayo, Butler for All-Star Game? | Commentary," 27 Feb. 2021 That's the message an animal rights group hopes to send by erecting a billboard on Interstate 94 honoring 20 cows that were euthanized after a crash earlier this week. Slone Terranella, Detroit Free Press, "20 cows to be honored on PETA billboard after crash on I-94 in Detroit," 26 Feb. 2021 The Biden strike is a message to Iran, a warning shot against continuing attacks by the militias Tehran backs. Elliott Abrams, National Review, "Biden Fires a Warning Shot at Iran," 26 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Labels were also given the opportunity to completely customize mini shops to really message their brand identity to shoppers. Barry Samaha, Harper's BAZAAR, "Saks Fifth Avenue Breathes New Life into Barneys New York," 15 Jan. 2021 Ocasio-Cortez initially posted on her Instagram story that she was headed to her appointment, asking anyone with questions about the vaccine to message her. David Aaro, Fox News, "Congress avoids shutdown with stopgap measure as leaders reach coronavirus relief deal," 22 Dec. 2020 The rapper/entrepreneur is partnering with Messenger for Clairvoyant Cardi—a one-of-a-kind experience that will allow users to message a special Cardi B Instagram account and get a 2021 reading from her. Essence, "Here's How You Can Connect With Cardi B To Let Her Read Your 2021 Fortune," 17 Dec. 2020 Phone number at bottom, email is kyle.neddenriep@indystar or message me on Twitter @KyleNeddenriep. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, "The Indiana high school boys basketball 2020-21 season preview: A season unlike any other," 24 Nov. 2020 Since then, the company has embarked on an extensive technical project to allow people on Facebook to message someone directly on WhatsApp or Instagram, without having to open a separate app. Elizabeth Dwoskin, Washington Post, "Regulators want to break up Facebook. That’s a technical nightmare, insiders say.," 11 Dec. 2020 Others say that Feigl-Ding himself has been known to privately message his critics—a tack that some found unwelcome. Seyward Darby, Longreads, "The Alarmist: Is One of the Pandemic’s Loudest Scientific Voices Helping or Hurting Public Health?," 10 Dec. 2020 Bomber deployments and short-term flights to the Middle East and Europe have been used in the past to message Iran, a few times in the last two years. CBS News, "American B-52H bombers fly to Middle East in mission to deter Iran," 10 Dec. 2020 Bomber deployments and short-term flights to the Middle East and Europe have been used in the past to message Iran, a few times in the last two years. The Associated Press,, "2 Louisiana bombers flew to the Middle East to deter Iran; here's why," 10 Dec. 2020

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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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Last Updated

7 Mar 2021

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“Message.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of message

: a piece of information that is sent or given to someone
: an important idea that someone is trying to express in a book, movie, speech, etc.


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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