message meaning

[ 'mesidʒ ] Pronunciation:   "message" in a sentence
  • Noun: message  mesij
    1. A communication (usually brief) that is written or spoken or signaled
      "he sent a three-word message" 
    2. What a communication that is about something is about
      - content, subject matter, substance
    Verb: message  mesij
    1. Send a message to
      "She messaged the committee" 
    2. Send as a message
      "She messaged the final report by fax" 
    3. Send a message
      "There is no messaging service at this company"

    Derived forms: messages, messaged, messaging

    Type of: communicate, communication, pass, pass along, pass on, put across

    Encyclopedia: Message

  • [Business]
    noun, verb

    noun [C]



    a written or spoken piece of information, etc. that you send to sb or leave for sb when you cannot speak to them yourself:

    There were no messages for me at the hotel.

    I left a message on your answering machine.

    Mr Lee isn't here at the moment. Can I take a message?

    an email message

    a recorded message

    ❖ to leave/record/send a message

    2 (Marketing )

    an important idea about a product, brand, etc. that a company tries to communicate in its advertising:

    What is your marketing message?

    We are sending a strong message of quality to our customers.

    ❖ to send (out)/deliver a message

    3 (IT )

    a piece of information produced automatically by a computer program and shown on a computer screen

    4 (AmE)

    a television advertisement:

    We'll be back after the messages.

    verb [+ obj]

    to send a piece of information, an idea, a question, etc. to sb, especially an email or a text message:

    She spent the morning messaging her friends instead of working.

    I messaged the results to my boss.

  • [Defence]
    Any thought or idea expressed briefly in a plain or secret language and prepared in a form suitable for transmission by any means of communication.

  • [Electronics]
    1. In communications, a body of information sent from a source (transmitter) to a destination (receiver).
    2. Data entered into a transaction-processing system.

  • [Computer]
    In object-oriented programming sending a message to an object (to invoke a method) is equivalent to calling a procedure in traditional programming languages, except that the actual code executed may only be selected at run time depending on the class of the object. Thus, in response to the message "drawSelf", the method code invoked would be different if the target object were a circle or a square.


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  1. his message was not very happily worded.
  2. he told me to pass the message on to you ..
  3. his latest message has clinched the matter.
  4. the package should n't carry written message.
  5. she delivered the message with full force.

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