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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.
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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.
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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…
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