Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “message”

See all translations

message

noun [C] uk   /ˈmes.ɪdʒ/ us  

message noun [C] (INFORMATION)

A1 a short piece of information that you give to a person when you cannot speak to them directly: If I'm not there when you call, leave a message. [+ that] I got a message that she'll be late.
More examples

message noun [C] (IDEA)

B2 the most important idea in a book, film, or play, or an idea that you want to tell people about: The movie's message is that rich and poor are alike. We need to send a clear message that pollution will not be tolerated.get the message informal to understand what someone is trying to tell you, even if that person is not expressing himself or herself directly: I never answer his calls, so you'd think he'd get the message.get the message across to make someone understand: We need to get the message across that too much sun is dangerous.
More examples

message

verb [T] uk   /ˈmes.ɪdʒ/ us  
to send someone a short message using a mobile phone or computer: I messaged him yesterday but haven't had a reply.
messaging
noun [U] /ˈmes.ɪ.dʒɪŋ/
Instant messaging alerts users when their friends are online.
Translations of “message”
in Korean 메시지…
in Arabic رِسالة…
in French message…
in Turkish ileti, haber, mesaj…
in Italian messaggio…
in Chinese (Traditional) 資訊, 訊息, 消息…
in Russian сообщение, записка, идейное содержание…
in Polish wiadomość, przesłanie…
in Spanish mensaje, recado…
in Portuguese mensagem, recado…
in German die Mitteilung, die Botschaft…
in Catalan missatge, encàrrec…
in Japanese 伝言…
in Chinese (Simplified) 信息, 消息, 口信…
(Definition of message from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of message?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “message” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

justice

fairness in the way people are dealt with

Word of the Day

A certain je ne sais quoi: French words and phrases used in English

by Liz Walter,
January 21, 2015
It is an odd irony that the more sophisticated your use of English is, the more likely you are to use French words and phrases. Or, to be more accurate, ones you know to be French – words such as ballet, au pair, abattoir, fiancé, café, and restaurant are so entrenched in

Read More 

flower beard noun

January 19, 2015
a beard adorned with flowers And some of said beard-rockers are even turning it up a notch, painting trend on top of trend with what’s come to be known as ‘the flower beard.’

Read More