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

communication, dispatch

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Examples of message in a Sentence


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

Photo by Fredrik Lerneryd/Getty Images Sudan is in a rapidly escalating crisis, and now celebrities like Rihanna and George Clooney are using their fame to try and get the message to the wider world. Natalie Gil,, "Rape, Massacre & Despair: Why We All Need To Wake Up To The Crisis In Sudan," 15 June 2019 Palmer does, however, acknowledge that when blitz mode goes into effect, customers too will get a message about having to pay a surge fee. Sara Ashley O'brien, CNN, "On-demand workers are protesting -- using the apps they work for," 14 June 2019 The current pontiff, Pope Francis, a Jesuit cutting a humble air to suit his message, shuns such finery, in contrast to his immediate predecessor, Benedict XVI. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "The Normcore Opulence of Preachers Wearing Four-Figure Sneakers," 14 June 2019 Hagelberg told ProPublica the main message is that offsets shouldn’t be used as an excuse not to act. Lisa Song, ProPublica, "United Nations Agency Criticizes Carbon Offsets," 14 June 2019 Tinder is the most recent platform to get the message. Sara Harrison, WIRED, "Russia Targets Tinder as a Warning to Facebook and Twitter," 12 June 2019 To everyone else from all ends of the earth, Gabriele heard your messages and was so deeply moved. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Professional Distance Runner Gabriele 'Gabe' Grunewald Has Died at 32," 12 June 2019 But my message to you today is that if there was ever a moment in the history of our country where despair was not an option, this is that time. Tara Golshan, Vox, "Read: Bernie Sanders defines his vision for democratic socialism in the United States," 12 June 2019 While there isn’t a common theme to explain the decline, Longaecker said Minnesotans are getting the message from their local fire departments that a fire can happen anywhere, and learning fire prevention and safety. Katrina Pross, Twin Cities, "Minnesota fire deaths drop by nearly half over previous year," 11 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Jennifer Hope, a mother of eight who lives on Jefferson County’s Lookout Mountain, found the Facebook group days after the Sandy Hook shooting and messaged Watts asking to get involved. Elizabeth Hernandez, The Denver Post, "How a Colorado mother went from starting a Facebook group to identifying as the National Rifle Association’s worst nightmare," 9 June 2019 After that, Sally last messaged with sister in September 2015. Becky Jacobs, Post-Tribune, "Sister of woman accused of supporting ISIS shares her family's story: 'I've always been there for her'," 7 June 2019 The messages are coming from Americans who seem to be tagging or messaging their farm by mistake, Ledger said. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "A British estate is getting social media death threats intended for Fair Oaks Farms," 11 June 2019 But some consumer advocates have pushed for the FCC to instead classify messaging as a telecommunications service. Colin Lecher, The Verge, "The FCC’s plan to fight spam texts could give phone companies more power over messaging," 20 Nov. 2018 So many people messaged me on Snapchat on how satisfying this video was. Joy Johnston, ajc, "WATCH: 'Chopping cilantro' video goes viral," 6 Jan. 2018 The nearby Naval Air Facility El Centro messaged that the crash site was north of Plaster City, west of El Centro. CBS News, "4 Marines killed in helicopter crash in Southern California," 4 Apr. 2018 The first 100 guests who messaged the mom-to-be on Instagram, and were asked to make a donation to the Jenesse Center. Jen Juneau,, "NE-YO and Wife Crystal Reveal the Sex of Their Baby on the Way at Charitable Party," 24 Jan. 2018 Rogoff messaged transit-board members last Tuesday that bids would be postponed, and by Friday, King County Councilmember Claudia Balducci, who chairs the board’s System Expansion Committee, emailed that news to people who commented. Mike Lindblom, The Seattle Times, "Sound Transit puts bus outsourcing on hold," 25 Mar. 2019

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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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19 Jun 2019

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

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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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having a desire to acquire more things

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