American English

Definition of message noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    message (from somebody) (to somebody)
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  1. 1a written or spoken piece of information, etc. that you send to someone or leave for someone when you cannot speak to them yourself There were no messages for me at the hotel. Ileft a message on your voice mail. Jenny's not here right now.Can I take a message? We got an urgent message saying that your father's not well. a televised message from the President to the American people Messages of support have been arriving from all over the country an e-mail message I've been trying to get you all day—don't you ever listen to your messages? see also error message
  2. 2a piece of information sent in electronic form, for example by e-mail or cell phone There were four messages in my in-box. He sent me a message.
  3. 3[usually singular] an important moral, social, or political idea that a book, speech, etc. is trying to communicate a film with a strong religious message The campaign is trying to get the message across to young people that drugs are dangerous. The clear message coming from the mayor is that she is getting tough on crime.
  4. 4a piece of information that is sent from the brain to a part of the body, or from a part of the body to the brain The message arrives in your brain in a fraction of a second.
  5. Idioms
    get the message (informal)
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    to understand what someone is trying to tell you indirectly When he started looking at his watch, I got the message and left.
    on/off message
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    (of a politician) stating/not stating the official view of their political party
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: message