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message

[mes-ij] /ˈmɛs ɪdʒ/
noun
1.
a communication containing some information, news, advice, request, or the like, sent by messenger, radio, telephone, or other means.
2.
an official communication, as from a chief executive to a legislative body:
the president's message to Congress.
3.
the inspired utterance of a prophet or sage.
4.
Computers. one or more words taken as a unit.
5.
the point, moral, or meaning of a gesture, utterance, novel, motion picture, etc.
Idioms
6.
get the message, Informal. to understand or comprehend, especially to infer the correct meaning from circumstances, hints, etc.:
If we don't invite him to the party, maybe he'll get the message.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English < Old French < Vulgar Latin *missāticum, equivalent to Latin miss(us) sent (past participle of mittere to send) + -āticum -age
Related forms
intermessage, noun
Can be confused
massage, message.
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Examples from the web for messages
  • See a sample of the different messages available here.
  • Further messages awaited them at the lower club-house.
  • At the end of the eighteenth century, telegraphy was applied to transmitting messages by moving arms attached to posts.
  • Since then she has repeatedly sent me similar messages, each time promising to visit me, which she has never done.
  • Imagine you are a government official with confidential messages to send.
  • Drivers can now access anything from custom traffic reports to spoken e-mail messages to video games.
  • They disseminate junk information by opening up new e-mail accounts and then automatically delivering a flood of messages.
  • In general, neurons relay messages using chemicals called neurotransmitters.
  • Free-floating messages in the bloodstream could soon provide a unique window into the body.
  • Such messages--encoded as electrical impulses--constantly stream through our nervous system.
British Dictionary definitions for messages

message

/ˈmɛsɪdʒ/
noun
1.
a communication, usually brief, from one person or group to another
2.
an implicit meaning or moral, as in a work of art
3.
a formal communiqué
4.
an inspired communication of a prophet or religious leader
5.
a mission; errand
6.
(pl) (Scot) shopping: going for the messages
7.
(informal) get the message, to understand what is meant
verb
8.
(transitive) to send as a message, esp to signal (a plan, etc)
Word Origin
C13: from Old French, from Vulgar Latin missāticum (unattested) something sent, from Latin missus, past participle of mittere to send
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Word Origin and History for messages

message

n.

c.1300, "communication transmitted via a messenger," from Old French message "message, news, tidings, embassy" (11c.), from Medieval Latin missaticum, from Latin missus "a sending away, sending, despatching; a throwing, hurling," noun use of past participle of mittere "to send" (see mission). The Latin word is glossed in Old English by ærende. Specific religious sense of "divinely inspired communication via a prophet" (1540s) led to transferred sense of "the broad meaning (of something)," first attested 1828. To get the message "understand" is from 1960.

v.

"to send messages," 1580s, from message (n.). Related: Messaged; messaging.

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Slang definitions & phrases for messages

message

verb

To send a message on the Internet •The sense ''to send a message'' is found by 1583: '' I need to do it,'' Baker messaged a man with whom he had been discussing rape, torture, and murder (1990s+ Computer)


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message

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