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message

[ mes-ij ]
/ ˈmɛs ɪdʒ /
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noun

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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collaborate, relate, cooperate, merge, mesh, combine, connect, feel, recognize, appreciate, comprehend, grasp, see, read, know, distinguish, realize, touch, contact, join

Nearby words

mess jacket, mess kit, mess up, mess with, mess-up, message, message board, message center, message stick, message switching, message unit

Idioms

    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
Related formsin·ter·mes·sage, noun, adjective
Can be confusedmassage message
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British Dictionary definitions for get the message

message

/ (ˈmɛsɪdʒ) /

noun

verb

(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 get the message (1 of 2)

get the message


Also, get the picture. Understand or infer the real import or substance of something. For example, He gestured to the waiter, who got the message and brought the bill, or Kate got the picture and decided to keep her mouth shut about the error. [Mid-1900s] Also see get it.

Idioms and Phrases with get the message (2 of 2)

message


see get the message.

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