from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A usually short communication transmitted by words, signals, or other means from one person, station, or group to another.
  • n. The substance of such a communication; the point or points conveyed: gestured to a waiter, who got the message and brought the bill.
  • n. A statement made or read before a gathering: a retiring coach's farewell message.
  • n. A basic thesis or lesson; a moral: a play with a message.
  • transitive v. To send a message to.
  • transitive v. To send as a message: messaged the report by cable.
  • intransitive v. To send a message; communicate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A communication, or what is communicated; any concept or information conveyed.
  • n. An underlying theme or conclusion to be drawn from something.
  • n. A text message
  • n. An instant message
  • n. An email
  • v. To send a message to; to transmit a message to, e.g. as text via a cell phone.
  • v. To send (something) as a message; usually refers to electronic messaging.
  • v. To send a message or messages; to be capable of sending messages.
  • v. To bear as a message.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any notice, word, or communication, written or verbal, sent from one person to another.
  • n. Hence, specifically, an official communication, not made in person, but delivered by a messenger.
  • n. A messenger.
  • transitive v. To bear as a message.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To deliver in the manner of a messenger; announce.
  • n. A communication transmitted; a notice sent; information or opinion or advice communicated through a messenger or other agency: as, a verbal or written message; a telegraphic message.
  • n. In United States politics, an official communication of information, opinion, or advice from a chief executive to a legislative body, or a formal statement of matters requiring legislative consideration or action, sent by the hands of a messenger: as, the President's or governor's message; an annual or a special message (that is, the message regularly presented at the opening of an annual legislative session, or one relating to some special matter subsequently arising).
  • n. A company of messengers; an embassy.
  • n. A messenger.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. send a message to
  • n. what a communication that is about something is about
  • v. send as a message
  • n. a communication (usually brief) that is written or spoken or signaled
  • v. send a message


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin missāticum, from Latin missus, past participle of mittere, to send.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Old French, from Late Latin missaticum, from Latin mittere, missum ("to send").


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