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mess

noun  us   /mes/

mess noun (DISORDER)

[C usually sing] a condition of disorder and confusion, or something in that condition: They left the kitchen a mess. We sat in traffic for two hours while they cleaned up the mess from the accident. [C usually sing] A mess is also a dirty condition: The puppy’s made a mess on the dining room rug. [C usually sing] A mess is also a situation that is full of problems and difficulties: Traffic was a mess.

mess noun (ROOM)

[C] (also mess hall,  /ˈmes·hɔl/ ) a room or building in which members of the military eat their meals: the officers’ mess
mess
verb [I/T]  us   /mes/
infml [I/T] Don’t mess up my hair – I just combed it.
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