Definition of message in English:

message

noun

  • 1A verbal, written, or recorded communication sent to or left for a recipient who cannot be contacted directly:

    ‘if I'm not there leave a message on the answerphone’
    • ‘Visitors were invited to leave messages on a voice recording offering their ideas on freedom.’
    • ‘The messages are not sent directly to the recipient's phone, rather the sender and the recipient must subscribe to the service which provides a secret link for them to access the message.’
    • ‘Pope John Paul is said to be alert and writing up messages just a day after throat surgery.’
    • ‘This facility uses the same ability to write to a user's console to send messages directly to their screen.’
    • ‘When the newspaper attempted to leave him telephone messages to contact the newsroom, his mailbox was full.’
    • ‘Recipients can reply to messages immediately and it also records the conversation - which could be saved for playback.’
    • ‘It makes it clear that senders cannot send such messages unless they have the recipient's prior consent.’
    • ‘Fife Fire and Rescue Service in Scotland has teamed up with mobile phone giant Orange to allow crews to send picture messages to accident and emergency units directly from the scene.’
    • ‘Prompting strategies are verbal or written antecedent messages that designate desirable target behaviors.’
    • ‘For more information and to send messages of support phone 07961 106 095.’
    • ‘Written information may complement verbal messages, thus enhancing concordance and encouraging behaviour change.’
    • ‘Verbal messages expressed by voices often are highly emotional.’
    • ‘They are also linked to ringmaster, a telephone system for sending a voice message instantly to everyone on the system.’
    • ‘Maybe he was too slack at half-time. Maybe the tone in his voice sent the wrong message.’
    • ‘For more information and to send messages of support phone Newham Unison on 07961 106 095.’
    • ‘And we couldn't have written the message he sent better ourselves.’
    • ‘Text messaging is the cellphone technology that allows users to send and receive written messages through their phones.’
    • ‘He has no emotion and responds directly to the messages he is sent.’
    • ‘I even used birds to send my messages from here directly to Devlin.’
    • ‘During the war, he served in North Africa and Italy, a communications specialist, sending messages from Field Marshal Alexander to London.’
    communication, piece of information, news, word, note, memorandum, memo, email, posting, tweet, letter, line, missive, report, bulletin, communiqué, dispatch, intelligence, notification, announcement
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    1. 1.1 An email or similar electronic communication:
      ‘select an option to delete your mail messages’
      • ‘Further, if the given electronic mail message is determined to be junk mail, the e-mail systems of other trusted users in the group dispose of unviewed copies of the junk e-mail.’
      • ‘However, one of the problems of the internet are spam messages to your email account that waste your time and can even be fraudulent.’
      • ‘PC users are advised to delete suspicious messages and on no account to open attachments matching the description for the virus.’
      • ‘He left a voice mail message for me at 3.53 p.m., in other words, a few laps before the finish, saying: ‘I know that you're sitting in the car, because I'm watching you on television right now.’’
      • ‘A mail message that you have sent has been opened by its recipient.’
      • ‘You should be able to find a mail message or file by looking in your e-mail program or a directory window, not by firing up another application.’
      • ‘Under the act, the sender of a commercial electronic mail message must identify the e-mail as an ad (though not necessarily in the ‘re’ line) and provide a valid physical postal address for the sender.’
      • ‘It was so nice to see your website right after I received a spam mail message from Acme Online Systems!’
      • ‘The screen is captured and a new mail message launches in the default mail application.’
      • ‘Hyperlinked tasks give you an easy way to refer back to information related to a task, whether in the form of a file, mail message, Web page or IRC session.’
      • ‘Versa, which lodged a complaint with the Public Prosecutor Service, is currently trying to find out who is responsible for the ploy by analysing the headers and the IP address of the mail message.’
      • ‘Yes, their administrator is probably concerned that one or more of the words in your mail message is offensive, and is blocking them.’
      • ‘It now embraces most text formats, email messages and HTMLs, multimedia files, web browser histories, bookmarks and favourites.’
      • ‘Thank you for your electronic mail message concerning your travel experience.’
      • ‘For example, when typing a mail message, or word processing the GPU can be throttled back to reduce component temperatures, and increase longevity.’
      • ‘Open relays are mail servers that will process a mail message even though neither the sender nor the recipient is a local user.’
      • ‘That means we can't really get hold of the actual source IP, because unlike a mail message, there's nothing in the TCP / IP specification that will add the routing to the packet as it goes along.’
      • ‘They also allow for users to forward mail and return a mail message.’
      • ‘I don't set a ‘Vacation’ message nor do I update my voice mail message.’
      • ‘To be removed from the list, send an empty mail message to email’
    2. 1.2 An electronic communication generated automatically by a computer program and displayed on a screen:
      ‘an error message’
      • ‘After a few seconds I get a message that the new Program is installed and it needs to connect to get possible updates.’
      • ‘As a result, many people found their inboxes clogged with alarming messages that their computers were infected, even though they were not.’
      • ‘Each time a message is generated by syslog, it is sent through the pipe to the other side if possible.’
      • ‘You can set it up to automatically generate e-mail messages when certain alert conditions are met such as running out of stock on an item.’
      • ‘Speaking at the International Advertising Association in London, he also slammed the practice of designing ads to look as if they are computer system messages.’
      • ‘Your browser will usually automatically generate a message when this occurs.’
      • ‘Each morning, a computer automatically issues an email message to operations staff.’
      • ‘ApparelMail includes a series of predefined messages that are generated automatically based on data within the application.’
      • ‘Established wisdom holds that good error messages are polite, precise, and constructive.’
      • ‘The fault here lies in the code that generates the warning message when a particular error condition associated with digital signatures occurs.’
      • ‘Prior to the creation of this facility, each application program would handle log messages in its own way.’
      • ‘Each piece of equipment in a computer network generates messages and events and errors - right?’
      • ‘The basic task of psad is to make use of firewall log messages generated by either ipchains or iptables to detect suspect network traffic.’
      • ‘Customized error messages improve Web usability by constructively helping users find the desired page.’
      • ‘Spim is more insidious than spam because messages pop up automatically when a user is logged in, making them harder to ignore.’
      • ‘Normally you should only receive the message that the computer cannot go into standby mode if the camera is attached to the computer.’
      • ‘After displaying the message, the program launches iTunes and plays the mp3 file.’
      • ‘Later in this article, we examine how these messages are generated in the Samba source code.’
      • ‘The server generates a plurality of messages, where each message includes one of the portions of the communication.’
      • ‘To that end, Salgado suggested that honeypots display a banner message warning that use of the computer is monitored.’
    3. 1.3 A communication from a prophet or preacher, believed to be inspired by God:
      ‘Jesus and his followers were promulgating a specifically Judaic message for Judaic adherents’
      • ‘Having been barred from entrance into the temple precincts, the prophet dictates his message to Baruch.’
      • ‘He claimed that all those who believe His message and receive His way of salvation are made part of the covenant.’
      • ‘But now imagine their reaction as God sends the prophet Ezekiel with a message of hope.’
      • ‘Both are portrayed as prophets who proclaim a message from God.’
      • ‘The message entrusted to the preacher must be proclaimed just as it was first delivered.’
      • ‘The message of the Prophet has purified the concepts and practices of his followers to set them on the right course acceptable to Islam.’
      • ‘Those who believed the message he preached became not only good people, but good citizens and then good leaders.’
      • ‘The preacher's job is to preach the message of the text or passage before him.’
      • ‘Had our religious leaders used their privileged positions to preach peace messages from their pulpits, perhaps the message could have reached more people.’
      • ‘Don't you find it amazing that so many people who heard Paul preach rejected his message.’
      • ‘The recently urbanized underclasses are particularly susceptible to the messages of populist preachers.’
      • ‘Then the image of a depression-era preacher and his message of Hell-fire and brimstone.’
      • ‘Such men preach with urgency because they have experienced in their hearts the message they preach.’
      • ‘To be in communion with God means to turn away from sin and believe in the saving message of Jesus Christ.’
      • ‘Both meanings are relevant to that great universal event of the revelation of the Quran and the assigning of the message to the Prophet.’
      • ‘But we believe the message is unchanging, it's as powerful today as it was 2,000 years ago.’
      • ‘The preachers carried a message that was not their own and it put an awe upon them.’
      • ‘Some of the prophets' messages were invitations, such as when Haggai called the people to rebuild God's temple.’
      • ‘Some churches still believed the message, and even prayed, but became isolated from the communities they were meant to serve.’
    4. 1.4US A television or radio advertisement:
      ‘we'll be back after these messages’
      • ‘At the start of the season, His Excellency Governor Frank Savage and Mr. Georges presented radio messages.’
      • ‘These will be reinforced with similar messages on radio and television.’
      • ‘They put out their message on radio, television, and in the newspapers and gained widespread popular support.’
      • ‘The Joint Electoral Management Body is using more orthodox means to reach potential voters, with messages on radio, television, and newspapers.’
      • ‘Yet radio does have the advantage of tight targeting, and radio messages can be produced and aired quickly when necessary.’
      • ‘If we sit mindlessly in front of the television receiving these messages, we may feel some unresolved discomfort.’
      • ‘The start of the coup was to be signalled through coded messages on television and radio.’
      • ‘It's not that children aren't otherwise bombarded with consumer messages - on television, at the mall and from their peers.’
      • ‘Brown adds that A.E. uses radio and television messages to promote its refrigerated yogurt products.’
      • ‘In a further attempt to remind drivers of their responsibilities, the radio station broadcasts messages from famous musicians.’
      • ‘Television, radio and leaflet messages will also be important.’
      • ‘The television, radio and website messages, being broadcast throughout January, aim to make parents and youngsters aware of how to surf the web safely.’
      • ‘During a mission that was led by the Colonel, I received a radio message to return home.’
      • ‘Many have developed responsibility messages for television and radio.’
      • ‘He also claimed that the pyramid was 35,000 years old and was used in antiquity to transmit radio messages to the Grand Canyon.’
      • ‘Inevitably, a radio message is less powerful than a television message, relying solely on the sense of sound.’
      • ‘It was used by the military during World War II to try to identify speakers of intercepted radio messages.’
      • ‘The promotion will be supported with local radio and in-stadium messages.’
      • ‘In addition to running the ads on television and in papers, the group has broadcast radio messages and printed some two million brochures.’
      • ‘They're using phones to respond quickly to attacks and to reinforce direct mail, television and radio messages.’
  • 2A significant political, social, or moral point that is being conveyed by a film, speech, etc.:

    ‘a campaign to get the message about home security across’
    • ‘Significant religious and political messages intended for an Arab and Islamic audience were completely missed.’
    • ‘In spite of the sorrows depicted, the film conveys the messages of resistance and peace.’
    • ‘Can videogames convey social and political messages and still be a lot of fun?’
    • ‘Writers should certainly have opinions about the social messages within the films.’
    • ‘This film does convey a message, and it comes at the end, after the final bullet is fired, when the kiss has been planted on the lips.’
    • ‘Sunil Kumar has used the comic character of Charlie Chaplin to convey his message through the film.’
    • ‘There are no political or moral messages here, and though it clearly is an anti-war film, the point isn't belabored.’
    • ‘No creative writer is interested in conveying a message, whether political or social.’
    • ‘Several non-government organisations and even government agencies have made an effort to make films with strong social messages.’
    • ‘And, again, the restrained political, social, and moral messages are insightful and stimulating.’
    • ‘However, the cinemas were not full of serious films with a political message.’
    • ‘Most of that material, however, while interesting, is marginal to the political message of the film.’
    • ‘She appears in films that appeal to her heart and makes short ad films with a social message.’
    • ‘Acclaimed for using a popular format to pass on the social message, the film had used the soap opera look to cash in on a large audience.’
    • ‘Peer influence is exerted via social support, social comparison, and explicit and implicit messages conveyed in intimate interactions.’
    • ‘Most non-governmental organisations use street plays to convey important social messages.’
    • ‘In some ways, the film's political messages are subservient to its desire to undermine the big-budget formula.’
    • ‘Kurosawa's film conveys these messages without utilizing crude sadomasochistic images, yet it's a much more frightening film.’
    • ‘This shift signifies the overall message of the film - that Janice is the one with the problem, not Jane.’
    • ‘As films laced with social messages go, this one is surely different.’
    meaning, sense, import, idea
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  • 3Scottish Irish An errand:

    ‘he would run those interminable messages after school to the bookie’
    errand, task, job, commission, chore, mission
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    1. 3.1messages Things bought on an errand; shopping.

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Send a message to (someone), especially by email:

    ‘I was messaged by a Californian contact for some information’
    ‘the software package incorporates messaging, scheduling, and workflow functions’
    • ‘And before I knew it, I was being messaged and e-mailed by interested parties.’
    • ‘After I had readied myself to get down to the bus stand, Vaseem messaged me that the one class that was scheduled for today had also been cancelled.’
    • ‘Friday night a friend text messaged me asking if I wanted to join her at a bar.’
    • ‘The night was kinda ruined earlier on when my friend - the one who got engaged stupidly early - messaged me to say that her bloke didn't want us to keep in touch.’
    • ‘When I messaged you this morning where you asleep?’
    • ‘In a related story, Jesse text messaged me from the car today, and when I scolded him for it he claimed that he can text without taking his eyes off the road.’
    • ‘You write that you first stumbled upon Berry while investigating a different story - financial fraud - and messaged him.’
    • ‘A man messaged me via the chat program ICQ with the username ‘Hardman’.’
    • ‘She messaged me, asking if I was holding up, which (for the most part) I am.’
    • ‘She has just messaged me to say I have got to call the police.’
    • ‘As it transpired, the person who messaged me was a real world friend of her's, whom she had entrusted to dig me out and let me know what happened to her.’
    • ‘A few guys messaged me; ‘Nice profile and pics mate!’’
    • ‘I've messaged you about it, but I reserve the right to take your views - as I know you about as well as you know me - with a grain of salt.’
    • ‘I can't remember whether she messaged me, or I was simply pro-active, but I called Allison and we had a yarn on the phone.’
    • ‘Then I messaged her friend to ask where should I meet my ‘date’.’
    • ‘Drew messaged me yesterday morning while I was at work.’
    • ‘Somebody had text messaged me, ‘Merry Christmas,’ and that's when I got up.’
    • ‘He messaged me about half an hour later though, to say he'd fixed it.’
    • ‘He stayed there for such a long time and without a word that the girl pulled out her cellphone and messaged a friend on the other side of the room.’
    • ‘I just had a wonderful technology-enabled moment: my friend Jay just instant messaged me from the airport in Austin where he's enjoying free wireless internet access.’

Phrases

  • get the message

    • informal Understand what is implied by a remark or action:

      ‘as soon as you tell students they'd do better on a more practical course they get the message they're dum-dums’
      • ‘We, of course, had got the message that we were stupid and lazy.’
      • ‘Due to network traffic, some people didn't get the government text message for about six hours, and some never got the message at all.’
      • ‘Within weeks, if the shootings of Tom and Brian are any indication, soldiers got the message.’
      • ‘To make sure the U.S. got the message, the article appeared in English.’
      • ‘Pretty obvious, of course, but many of us are not getting the message.’
      • ‘We get the message but to truly understand the idea, we need to dig a little deeper.’
      • ‘March cut short his remarks, and the workers got the message that the two men wanted to be alone.’
      • ‘It is sometimes very difficult to get the message across without them and planting trees is an easily understood method.’
      • ‘Rainman had called and left a message to page him as soon as I got the message.’
      • ‘He'd follow soon after and then they'd both stare at me until I got the message.’
      understand, get the point, get the drift, comprehend
      take the hint
      understand what's what, catch on, latch on, get it, get the picture
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  • send a message

    • Make a significant statement, either implicitly or by one's actions:

      ‘it sends a message to potential foreign investors’
      • ‘The American people sent a message to the world: We know we're at war.’
      • ‘The council's stance sent a message that developers could do what they liked with no consequences, Ms Neave said.’
      • ‘She mentioned that she had sent a message to Rex, trying to get his help in how to deal with Dan and his potential stalking/obsession.’
      • ‘He then sends a message of congratulations to the voter in the election, won by the Republican Party in a landslide.’
      • ‘You better be straight with him, and you better mean what you say, and I think that he sent a message to a lot of his appointees.’
      • ‘‘It has sent a message out to people that they can do what they want,’ he said.’
      • ‘His lack of discretion sent a message to his staff that there were no bounds, and they acted accordingly.’
      • ‘Hundreds of residents sent a message to Hampshire police chiefs by marching in protest at plans to cut the number of police officers based in New Milton.’
      • ‘An election might have sent a message to prospective tourists that life was continuing as normal outside certain designated areas.’
      • ‘Bell suggested that council needs to send a strong message to the government and send a message to the solicitor general.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French, based on Latin missus, past participle of mittere send.

Pronunciation:

message

/ˈmɛsɪdʒ/