W2S1 [ˈmesıdʒ] n
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: Medieval Latin missaticum, from Latin mittere 'to send']
1.) a spoken or written piece of information that you send to another person or leave for them
Did you get my message ?
message from
There's a message from Karen on the answerphone.
message for
I have an urgent message for you.
He left a message saying he would probably be a little late.
I use the internet mainly for sending email messages .
I'm sorry, she's out right now, can I take a message ?
He wanted me to pass on a message to the police.
The family would like to express their thanks to all those who sent messages of sympathy after Jack's tragic accident.
2.) [usually singular]
the main or most important idea that someone is trying to tell people about in a film, book, speech etc
The message of the film is that good always triumphs over evil.
The result of this legal battle sends an important message to people in similar situations.
It's perfectly possible to get your message across (=communicate what you want to say) without being so angry.
They use illustrations to convey their message .
3.) get the message informal
to understand what someone means or what they want you to do
OK, I get the message - I'm going!
4.) a piece of written information which appears on a computer screen to tell the user about something, especially a problem
error/warning message
I keep getting an error message when I try to log on.
5.) on/off message
stating or not stating the official opinion of the political party you belong to
6.) keep to the message
to always emphasize your political party's most important ideas when you are trying to gain people's support
Don't confuse the voters. Keep to the message.
COLLOCATES for sense 1
get/receive a message
leave a message
send a message
take a message (=give a telephone message from someone to someone else)
pass on/relay a message (=give someone a message from someone else)
urgent/important message
telephone/fax message
mail/email message (=a message sent by computer)
text message (=on a mobile phone)
message of thanks/congratulations/support/sympathy etc

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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