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mes·​sage ˈme-sij How to pronounce message (audio)
: a communication in writing, in speech, or by signals
Please take this message for me to my friend.
: a messenger's mission
the girl will go on a message to the shopCahir Healy
: an underlying theme or idea
the message is that it is time to changeThe Economist


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messaged; messaging

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to communicate by message

Example Sentences

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
Nancy Ward, the director of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, echoed Newsom’s message and urged people to remain cautious. Dennis Romero, NBC News, 15 Jan. 2023 Descriptions of rescue attempts are also popping up on message boards where passengers share their cruise experiences. Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN, 14 Jan. 2023 In that case, a Colorado man, Billy Raymond Counterman, sent a number of message on Facebook to a local singer-songwriter. John Fritze, USA TODAY, 14 Jan. 2023 This message is not universally embraced by all Republicans. Grace Segers, The New Republic, 13 Jan. 2023 Another promotional message emailed this week is offering 9m2 booths within the Hong Kong Animation and Digital Entertainment Pavilion for HK$8,300 ($1,065). Patrick Frater, Variety, 13 Jan. 2023 Despite Elow’s promises to work to rebuild trust between CPD and the public, the message residents communicated conveyed a deep disconnect between the police and the community. Sonel Cutler,, 13 Jan. 2023 Don't be afraid to message sellers and ask specific questions. Scott Gilbertson, WIRED, 13 Jan. 2023 The album is filled with a blend of pop and soul and a constant uplifting message flowing throughout it — a testament to his own hard-fought journey. Jessica Nicholson, Billboard, 12 Jan. 2023
After all, too much is at stake to risk mixed signals or misunderstandings that often occur when people message back and forth. Irma Becerra, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2022 Robertson said Oettinger was the first person to message him about getting dinner. Dallas News, 6 Oct. 2022 And health care systems invited patients to use new online portals to message their doctors with a question at any time, American Medical Association president Jack Resneck Jr. told The Associated Press. Amanda Seitz, al, 17 Dec. 2022 The system was also able to message back-and-forth with the couple via the satellite connection, to relay further information about their injuries and location to emergency personnel. Los Angeles Times, 15 Dec. 2022 Don’t give him the chance to message his way back in. Meredith Goldstein,, 14 Dec. 2022 Long pressing on a participant will enlarge the video or audio feed and allow you to either mute or message them separately while keeping the calls going. José Adorno, BGR, 14 Dec. 2022 Contact Von Duyke, at 330-760-1623 or message her on Facebook. Sam Boyer, cleveland, 25 Nov. 2022 Over the next six weeks, the two continued to message each other on Facebook. Jenny Block, New York Times, 14 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History


Noun and Verb

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

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1582, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Message.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a communication in writing, in speech, or by signals
: a messenger's errand or function
: an underlying theme or idea

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