WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
mes•sage /ˈmɛsɪdʒ/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Telecommunicationsa communication delivered in writing, speech, etc.:There was a message at the hotel for me.
  2. the main point of something, as of a speech or book:The message of the movie was clear: war is horrible.
  3. a warning:He was sending a clear message to us: they are prepared to fight to the end.
  1. get the message, to understand a warning sent:doesn't get the message that her work is not satisfactory.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
mes•sage  (mesij),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Telecommunicationsa communication containing some information, news, advice, request, or the like, sent by messenger, radio, telephone, or other means.
  2. an official communication, as from a chief executive to a legislative body:the President's message to Congress.
  3. the inspired utterance of a prophet or sage.
  4. Computingone or more words taken as a unit.
  5. the point, moral, or meaning of a gesture, utterance, novel, motion picture, etc.
  6. Idioms, Informal Termsget the message, [Informal.]to understand or comprehend, esp. to infer the correct meaning from circumstances, hints, etc.:If we don't invite him to the party, maybe he'll get the message.
  • Vulgar Latin *missāticum, equivalent. to Latin miss(us) sent (past participle of mittere to send) + -āticum -age
  • Old French
  • Middle English 1250–1300

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

message /ˈmɛsɪdʒ/ n
  1. a communication, usually brief, from one person or group to another
  2. an implicit meaning or moral, as in a work of art
  3. a formal communiqué
  4. an inspired communication of a prophet or religious leader
  5. a mission; errand
  6. get the messageinformal to understand what is meant
  1. (transitive) to send as a message, esp to signal (a plan, etc)
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French, from Vulgar Latin missāticum (unattested) something sent, from Latin missus, past participle of mittere to send

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