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MESSAGE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does message mean? 

MESSAGE (noun)
  The noun MESSAGE has 2 senses:

1. a communication (usually brief) that is written or spoken or signaled
2. what a communication that is about something is about

  Familiarity information: MESSAGE used as a noun is rare.


MESSAGE (verb)
  The verb MESSAGE has 3 senses:

1. send a message to
2. send as a message
3. send a message

  Familiarity information: MESSAGE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


MESSAGE (noun)


Sense 1message [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A communication (usually brief) that is written or spoken or signaled

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Context example:

he sent a three-word message

Hypernyms ("message" is a kind of...):

communication (something that is communicated by or to or between people or groups)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "message"):

broadcast (message that is transmitted by radio or television)

packet ((computer science) a message or message fragment)

telegram; wire (a message transmitted by telegraph)

dedication; inscription (a short message (as in a book or musical work or on a photograph) dedicating it to someone or something)

radiogram (a message transmitted by wireless telegraphy)

phone message; telephone message (a message transmitted by telephone)

mail (the bags of letters and packages that are transported by the postal service)

heliogram (a message transmitted by means of the sun's rays)

cipher; cypher (a message written in a secret code)


Sense 2message [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

What a communication that is about something is about

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

subject matter; content; message; substance

Hypernyms ("message" is a kind of...):

communication (something that is communicated by or to or between people or groups)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "message"):

humor; humour; wit; witticism; wittiness (a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter)

statement (a nonverbal message)

statement (a message that is stated or declared; a communication (oral or written) setting forth particulars or facts etc)

insertion; interpolation (a message (spoken or written) that is introduced or inserted)

discourtesy; disrespect (an expression of lack of respect)

respects ((often used with 'pay') a formal expression of esteem)

opinion; view (a message expressing a belief about something; the expression of a belief that is held with confidence but not substantiated by positive knowledge or proof)

direction; instruction (a message describing how something is to be done)

proposal (something proposed (such as a plan or assumption))

offer; offering (something offered (as a proposal or bid))

entry; submission (something (manuscripts or architectural plans and models or estimates or works of art of all genres etc.) submitted for the judgment of others (as in a competition))

narration; narrative; story; tale (a message that tells the particulars of an act or occurrence or course of events; presented in writing or drama or cinema or as a radio or television program)

packaging; promotion; promotional material; publicity (a message issued in behalf of some product or cause or idea or person or institution)

sensationalism (subject matter that is calculated to excite and please vulgar tastes)

shocker (a sensational message (in a film or play or novel))

disapproval (the expression of disapproval)

approval; commendation (a message expressing a favorable opinion)

commitment; dedication (a message that makes a pledge)

corker ((dated slang) a remarkable or excellent thing or person)

reminder (a message that helps you remember something)

petition; postulation; request (a formal message requesting something that is submitted to an authority)

memorial (a written statement of facts submitted in conjunction with a petition to an authority)

latent content ((psychoanalysis) hidden meaning of a fantasy or dream)

subject; theme; topic (the subject matter of a conversation or discussion)

aside; digression; divagation; excursus; parenthesis (a message that departs from the main subject)

import; meaning; significance; signification (the message that is intended or expressed or signified)

bunk; hokum; meaninglessness; nonsense; nonsensicality (a message that seems to convey no meaning)

drivel; garbage (a worthless message)

acknowledgement; acknowledgment (a statement acknowledging something or someone)

refusal (a message refusing to accept something that is offered)

info; information (a message received and understood)

counsel; counseling; counselling; direction; guidance (something that provides direction or advice as to a decision or course of action)

body (the central message of a communication)


MESSAGE (verb)


Sense 1message [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Send a message to

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

She messaged the committee

Hypernyms (to "message" is one way to...):

communicate; pass; pass along; pass on; put across (transmit information)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 2message [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Send as a message

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

She messaged the final report by fax

Hypernyms (to "message" is one way to...):

communicate; pass; pass along; pass on; put across (transmit information)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 3message [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Send a message

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

There is no messaging service at this company

Hypernyms (to "message" is one way to...):

communicate (be in verbal contact; interchange information or ideas)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


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