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

work out

to exercise in order to improve the strength or appearance of your body

Word of the Day

Byronic, Orwellian and Darwinian: adjectives from names.

by Liz Walter,
April 15, 2015
Becoming an adjective is a strange kind of memorial, but it is often a sign of a person having had real influence on the world. Science is full of examples, from Hippocrates, the Greek medic born around 460 BC, who gave his name to the Hippocratic Oath still used by doctors today,

Read More 

bio-inspiration noun

April 13, 2015
the adoption of patterns and structures found in nature for the purposes of engineering, manufacturing, science, etc. The MIT researchers actually aren’t the only robotics team to turn to cheetahs for bio-inspiration.

Read More