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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 With that, Lupica, the author of 16 New York Times best-selling books, was off and running on a high-energy, interactive presentation that included stories of his books, his life, sports, his kids and his main message to the students: Keep reading. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "An author of 16 New York Times best sellers recently visited Elm Grove middle school students," 16 Sep. 2019 Almost daily, national park staff received packages of rocks from all over the world with messages of regret. National Geographic, "Why Australia is banning climbers from this iconic natural landmark," 15 Sep. 2019 That composer Johnson has managed to draw this message from such a heinous act stands as a testament not only to his vision but to his craft as composer. Howard Reich,, "Review: ‘Considering Matthew Shepard’ more striking with lessons of hope on Ravinia’s bigger stage," 13 Sep. 2019 With the country feeling increasingly divided these days, this message felt especially relevant: Models looked happy and carefree, swinging their arms, and tipping their hats. Sara Radin, Teen Vogue, "The Big Takeaway From NYFW 2019: Find More Joy," 13 Sep. 2019 Kieran translated this message to me through Harry Kane., "Mauricio Pochettino Discusses Kieran Trippier's Move as Defender Opens Up on 'Disappointing' Exit," 13 Sep. 2019 His resume needed to reflect this message while conveying his experience, education, involvement, presentations and publications. oregonlive, "Resume reinvention: Storytelling and its connection to your brand," 13 Sep. 2019 Quartz sat down with Philip Morris International chief operating officer Jacek Olczak at the Cannes Lions advertising festival in June, where PMI was promoting its new message and meeting with creative agencies who might help communicate it. Jenni Avins, Quartz, "Philip Morris International thanks you for not smoking…cigarettes," 13 Sep. 2019 Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks with IndyStar about his message on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. Chris Sikich, Indianapolis Star, "Takeaways from Buttigieg's performance at Thursday's Democratic debate," 13 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Zoo employees have also designed a special banner for the Penguin Beach community where Ronnie and Reggie live, which is reminiscent of messaging used by the Stonewall activists. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "In The Presidential Debate, Biden and Buttigieg Fall Short on Race: RaceAhead," 28 June 2019 News of the smokestack coming down has led people to message Christian Morelein sharing memories of the taproom that was once there and more. Chris Mayhew,, "Hudepohl smokestack: A soon-to-be demolished icon of Cincinnati German beer history," 14 June 2019 Here is a list of new museum shows in L.A. for Aug. 25-Sept. 1: Openings Christian Marclay: Sound Stories Five immersive audiovisual installations created by the artist in collaboration with the multimedia messaging app Snapchat. Los Angeles Times, "Museum shows in L.A. this week: ‘It’s All Black & White’ at Pepperdine and more," 25 Aug. 2019 And students can message Scott questions in class, which may be less stressful for teenagers who are too shy to raise their hands. Washington Post, "Logging on to learn: All Fairfax County high school students getting laptops," 11 Aug. 2019 Cummings’ House Committee on Oversight and Reform has voted to subpoena senior White House officials, including Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, for their communications via private email accounts and messaging apps. Lillian Reed,, "'I’d be happy to have him’: Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings says President Trump should come to Baltimore," 3 Aug. 2019 Erickson told police that McKinney messaged him May 6 on Snapchat and said not to go to school the following day. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, "STEM School shooting suspect told police he targeted specific students; teens used cocaine before attack, affidavit says," 20 June 2019 The other sessions will dive deeper into campaign operations, online strategy, messaging and fundraising. Abigail Abrams, Time, "People With Disabilities Face Challenges Campaigning for Office. This Group Wants to Change That," 13 June 2019 Brands should provide customer service on messaging apps and use them to engage people further and sell goods too, Mr. Fazal said. Nat Ives, WSJ, "Facebook’s Pivot to Messaging Puts Advertisers In a Tight Spot," 8 Mar. 2019

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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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6 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for message

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

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How to pronounce message (audio)

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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