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 For investors, the message is clear – first, real yields are likely to rise to allow the cognitive dissonance of negative TIPS yields to resolve with evidence of a booming economy. Vineer Bhansali, Forbes, 21 June 2021 But for all, the message is one to match the day: a celebration of each community’s diversity and of the civil rights leaders who have pushed for change. Christopher Arnott,, 19 June 2021 The political message of a godly hierarchy of White men isn't good news to most Americans -- especially younger ones, even today's leaders' own children, many of whom have embraced equality and pluralism. Diana Butler Bass, CNN, 17 June 2021 But in the end, the message that seemed to resonate with voters was that Stone - who supported a motion to repudiate critical race theory - was a divisive choice. CBS News, 16 June 2021 In other words, this summer the message is clear: Cuffs will be key emblems of post-pandemic freedom, especially when worn as a set. Jill Newman, Town & Country, 16 June 2021 Combine a lack of face-to-face, in-person conversation, as well as the inability to play a game, and the message is one of bland promotion. Los Angeles Times, 16 June 2021 That message isn’t likely to stick if that is not what rank-and-file officers see happening. William Lee,, 14 June 2021 For me the message is always everyone is welcome here. Jeff Metcalfe, The Arizona Republic, 11 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb De Castro limits who can message him directly and comment on his posts. Ben Sales,, 16 June 2021 Here Comes the Sun-and I am matched with a Hum nutritionist who invites me to message her. Maya Kachroo-levine, Travel + Leisure, 11 June 2021 At issue for Democrats after Tuesday will be how to invigorate their base without Trump either in office or on the ballot, providing the party with a key test about how to message against Republicans for years to come. Dan Merica, CNN, 8 June 2021 Gamification can allow two people to compete on a leader board and message each other about their performance. Steve Banker, Forbes, 2 June 2021 One woman who used to message her privately in solidarity after meetings now speaks up on her behalf. Los Angeles Times, 25 May 2021 So were apps that allowed users to message privately, share documents and browse websites the Chinese government had blocked. New York Times, 17 May 2021 If a question or concern doesn’t get answered, ask them to email or message you with their thoughts after a meeting. Rodger Dean Duncan, Forbes, 11 May 2021 One of the flagship features on Bumble allows women in heterosexual matches to message a man first to make a connection. Sebastian Herrera, WSJ, 11 May 2021

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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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23 Jun 2021

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“Message.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 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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