[ mes-ij ]
/ ˈmɛs ɪdʒ /


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.

Nearby words

  1. mess jacket,
  2. mess kit,
  3. mess up,
  4. mess with,
  5. mess-up,
  6. message board,
  7. message center,
  8. message stick,
  9. message switching,
  10. message unit


    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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for message

British Dictionary definitions for message


/ (ˈmɛsɪdʒ) /



(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

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for message
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with message


see get the message.

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.