message

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noun

mes·​sage ˈme-sij How to pronounce message (audio)
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 shopCahir Healy
3
: an underlying theme or idea
the message is that it is time to changeThe Economist

message

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verb

messaged; messaging

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to communicate by message

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Married couples can text people a personal thank-you video, write a thoughtful email, call, message, or send a postcard. Amy Dickinson, The Denver Post, 13 June 2024 During the outage, some iPhone users saw SOS messages displayed in the status bar on their cellphones. Michelle Chapman, The Enquirer, 12 June 2024
Verb
Stay connected with friends and family using messaging apps and social media, sharing your amazing experiences along the way! Hilary Tetenbaum, Detroit Free Press, 11 June 2024 There are messaging bills pushed by single lawmakers (eg. Daniel Desrochers, Kansas City Star, 10 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for message 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun and Verb

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

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1582, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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

Dictionary Entries Near message

Cite this Entry

“Message.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/message. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

message

noun
mes·​sage
ˈmes-ij
1
: a communication in writing, in speech, or by signals
2
: a messenger's errand or function
3
: an underlying theme or idea
Etymology

Noun

Middle English message "job or function of a messenger," from early French message (same meaning), from Latin missaticum "something given to a messenger to deliver," from earlier missus (past participle of mittere "to send, throw") and -aticum "action, result" — related to emit, mission, promise, submissive

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