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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 repeated curbing of these investigators certainly sends a message about how the administration views their independence. Giovanni Russonello, New York Times, "On Politics: The Next Round of Pandemic Relief," 18 May 2020 The region's development agency on Wednesday put out the message (in English and Italian): Umbria is ready for tourism. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Investors shake off brutal U.S. jobs data to nudge markets higher," 15 May 2020 Put up a spring wreath Deb Fowler, owner of The Flower Lady, Wauwatosa, said adding a brightly colored spring wreath is one of the best ways to send a positive and welcoming message. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "7 ways to improve your home's curb appeal, for all those now walking by," 14 May 2020 The promask message has become more consistent just a few weeks later. Lydia Denworth, Scientific American, "Masks Reveal New Social Norms: What a Difference a Plague Makes," 14 May 2020 The nomination of Fakhfakh, a member of the social democratic party Ettakatol, comes more than three months after presidential and legislative elections sent a resounding message that Tunisians were tired of establishment politics. Jihen Laghmari,, "Tunisia Makes New Bid to Form Elusive Government Amid Rifts," 12 May 2020 Moreover, waiting for users to send a message to a bot on their own simply won’t save millions of lives. Aza Raskin, Wired, "Growth Teams Have the Tools to Be Coronavirus Anti-Growth Teams," 7 May 2020 For the 2015 film The Martian, NASA consulted and even helped boost the film because of its clear pro-NASA, pro-space travel message during a time when funding and public interest aren’t always clear. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Tom Cruise Is Making a Movie in Space, Which Seems Like an, Uh, Impossible Mission," 6 May 2020 Park Yeonmi says that Thae’s election sends a powerful message to North Korea, and particularly to the North Korean elites, from whom Thae sprang. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Up from North Korea," 4 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The rollout highlights an overt shift in the White House’s messaging on vaccines. Lev Facher, STAT, "Trump administration outlines audacious plan to deliver ‘hundreds of millions’ of Covid-19 vaccine doses by end of 2020," 15 May 2020 During the coronavirus crisis, Newsom has used curated posts on Facebook and Twitter to help fine-tune and distill messaging from his loquacious daily news conferences on the pandemic. Los Angeles Times, "In the coronavirus crisis, Newsom uses social media to raise awareness of the pandemic — and his profile," 10 May 2020 Jim messaged me after Bobby died of complications from COVID-19 a week ago. Peter Turnley, National Geographic, "See the Full Archive," 1 May 2020 National and local governments in Brazil have issued mixed messaging on how to behave during the pandemic. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, "Brazil health minister says he's been fired by President Bolsanaro," 16 Apr. 2020 Veracode’s Wysopal feels messaging from bug bounty platforms has contributed to confusion. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "‘Security Botox’ or ‘amazingly successful’? Inside the battle to patch bug bounties’ biggest vulnerability," 31 Mar. 2020 The spat threatened to overshadow a day of carefully choreographed messaging on border security. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "Trump halts most Mexican traffic to prevent pandemic 'perfect storm'," 20 Mar. 2020 But Raccah had spent the week frantically messaging with family in Italy. Debra Kamin, Condé Nast Traveler, "In Tel Aviv, a City-Wide, Socially Distanced Shabbat," 27 Mar. 2020 My time is spent messaging with colleagues about moving a conference, organizing lessons for the second semester, and dealing with colleagues who are using e-learning platforms for online teaching. Eugenia Tognotti, Time, "I’m a Historian of Epidemics and Quarantine. Now I’m Living That History on Lockdown in Italy," 11 Mar. 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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Time Traveler for message

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

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Last Updated

21 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Message.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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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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