[ mes-ij ]
/ ˈmɛs ɪdʒ /
a communication containing some information, news, advice, request, or the like, sent by messenger, telephone, email, or other means.
an official communication, as from a chief executive to a legislative body: the president's message to Congress.
Digital Technology. a post or reply on an online message board.
the inspired utterance of a prophet or sage.
the point, moral, or meaning of a gesture, utterance, novel, motion picture, etc.
Computers. a warning, permission, etc., communicated by the system or software to the user: an error message; a message to allow blocked content.
verb (used without object)
to send a message, especially an electronic message.
verb (used with object)
to send (a person) a message.
to send as a message.
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Idioms for message
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 of message
1250–1300; Middle English < Old French < Vulgar Latin *missāticum, equivalent to Latin miss(us) sent (past participle of mittere to send) + -āticum -age
OTHER WORDS FROM messagein·ter·mes·sage, noun, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH messagemassage message
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British Dictionary definitions for error message (1 of 2)
a message displayed on a visual display unit, printout, etc, indicating that an incorrect instruction has been given to the computer
British Dictionary definitions for error message (2 of 2)
/ (ˈmɛsɪdʒ) /
a communication, usually brief, from one person or group to another
an implicit meaning or moral, as in a work of art
a formal communiqué
an inspired communication of a prophet or religious leader
a mission; errand
(plural) Scot shoppinggoing for the messages
get the message informal to understand what is meant
(tr) to send as a message, esp to signal (a plan, etc)
Word Origin for message
C13: from Old French, from Vulgar Latin missāticum (unattested) something sent, from Latin missus, past participle of mittere to send
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Idioms and Phrases with error message
see get the message.
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