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message

noun mes·sage \ ˈme-sij \
Updated on: 7 Nov 2017

Definition of message

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 change
  • The Economist

Examples of message in a Sentence

  1. Did you get my message?

  2. She has received messages of support from hundreds of people.

  3. I left a message on her answering machine.

  4. He's not here right now. Can I take a message?

  5. I liked the story but I didn't really agree with the book's message.

  6. He believed in the church's message of forgiveness.

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Origin and Etymology of message

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


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message

verb

Definition of message

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

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Origin and Etymology of message



MESSAGE Defined for English Language Learners

message

noun

Definition of message for English Language Learners

  • : 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.


MESSAGE Defined for Kids

message

noun mes·sage \ ˈme-sij \

Definition of message for Students

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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