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English definition of “message”


noun [C]
COMMUNICATIONS a short piece of information that you give or send to a person when you cannot speak to them directly: message from sb for sb There was a message for you from the catering company.message that I got your message that the meeting was postponed. leave a message If I'm not there when you phone, leave a message on my voicemail.take a message She's not here now; can I take a message?send sb a message He sent me several messages about the problem. I had a message in my inbox.
IT a piece of information that appears on a computer screen: I kept getting a message saying "Disable cookies".
MARKETING the main idea in an advertisement, speech, etc., or something that you want to tell people: The ad's main message should be that our products are safe to use.send a message Ridding the organization of poor performers also sends a strong message of low tolerance for poor results.
US an advertisement on television or radio: We'll be back right after these messages.
→ See also email message, error message, instant message, text message
(Definition of message noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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