message

A message is a communication or statement conveyed from one person or group to another. If you call my house phone and I’m out running an errand, you’ll be asked to “please leave a message after the beep.”

Generally transmitted verbally or in writing, a message can also be sent via a look or a gesture. In today’s world, people tend to use email to send a short message. But in ye olden days, pre-internet and when the post was faster, people relied on the art of letter writing to send a message. The noun can also have a moral or pointed implication. For instance, the story's moral message was to always tell the truth.

Definitions of message
  1. noun
    a communication (usually brief) that is written or spoken or signaled
    “he sent a three-word message
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    broadcast
    message that is transmitted by radio or television
    cipher, cypher
    a message written in a secret code
    heliogram
    a message transmitted by means of the sun's rays
    mail
    the bags of letters and packages that are transported by the postal service
    phone message, telephone message
    a message transmitted by telephone
    radiogram
    a message transmitted by wireless telegraphy
    dedication, inscription
    a short message (as in a book or musical work or on a photograph) dedicating it to someone or something
    telegram, wire
    a message transmitted by telegraph
    packet
    (computer science) a message or message fragment
    text, text message
    a short electronic communication, usually sent from one cellphone to another
    1st class, 1st-class mail, first class, first-class mail
    mail that includes letters and postcards and packages sealed against inspection
    express, express mail
    mail that is distributed by a rapid and efficient system
    parcel post
    postal service that handles packages
    bulk mail
    mail consisting of large numbers of identical items (circulars or advertisements) sent to individual addresses at less than 1st-class rates and paid for in one lot
    cable, cablegram, overseas telegram
    a telegram sent abroad
    letter telegram
    a cheaper form of telegram that is sent abroad for delivery the next day
    third class, third-class mail
    mail consisting of printed matter qualifying for reduced postal rates
    rebroadcast
    a broadcast that repeated at a later time
    radio broadcast
    a broadcast via radio
    simulcast
    a broadcast that is carried simultaneously by radio and television (or by FM and AM radio)
    telecast
    a television broadcast
    night letter
    a cheaper form of telegram sent for delivery the next day
    airmail
    letters and packages that are transported by aircraft
    air mail
    mail that is sent by air transport
    surface mail
    mail that is sent by land or sea
    registered mail, registered post
    mail that is registered by the post office when sent in order to assure safe delivery
    special delivery
    mail that is delivered by a special carrier (for an additional charge)
    newscast
    a broadcast of news or commentary on the news
    type of:
    communication
    something that is communicated by or to or between people or groups
  2. noun
    what a communication that is about something is about
    synonyms: content, subject matter, substance
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    body
    the central message of a communication
    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, tangent
    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
    commitment, dedication
    a message that makes a pledge
    approval, commendation
    a message expressing a favorable opinion
    disapproval
    the expression of disapproval
    respects
    (often used with `pay') a formal expression of esteem
    discourtesy, disrespect
    an expression of lack of respect
    insertion, interpolation
    a message (spoken or written) that is introduced or inserted
    statement
    a message that is stated or declared; a communication (oral or written) setting forth particulars or facts etc
    statement
    a nonverbal message
    humor, humour, wit, witticism, wittiness
    a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter
    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)
    guideline, road map
    a detailed plan or explanation to guide you in setting standards or determining a course of action
    tearjerker
    an excessively sentimental narrative
    sum-up, summary
    a brief statement that presents the main points in a concise form
    ammunition
    information that can be used to attack or defend a claim or argument or viewpoint
    factoid
    something resembling a fact; unverified (often invented) information that is given credibility because it appeared in print
    credits
    a list of acknowledgements of those who contributed to the creation of a film (usually run at the end of the film)
    application
    a verbal or written request for assistance or employment or admission to a school
    appeal, collection, ingathering, solicitation
    request for a sum of money
    receipt
    an acknowledgment (usually tangible) that payment has been made
    pleading
    (law) a statement in legal and logical form stating something on behalf of a party to a legal proceeding
    bone of contention
    the subject of a dispute
    precedent
    a subject mentioned earlier (preceding in time)
    lexical meaning
    the meaning of a content word that depends on the nonlinguistic concepts it is used to express
    grammatical meaning
    the meaning of a word that depends on its role in a sentence; varies with inflectional form
    symbolisation, symbolization
    the use of symbols to convey meaning
    sense, signified
    the meaning of a word or expression; the way in which a word or expression or situation can be interpreted
    connotation, intension
    what you must know in order to determine the reference of an expression
    referent
    something referred to; the object of a reference
    burden, core, effect, essence, gist
    the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work
    intent, purport, spirit
    the intended meaning of a communication
    lesson, moral
    the significance of a story or event
    nicety, nuance, refinement, shade, subtlety
    a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude
    overtone
    (usually plural) an ulterior implicit meaning or quality
    point
    a brief version of the essential meaning of something
    absurdity, absurdness, ridiculousness
    a message whose content is at variance with reason
    amphigory, nonsense verse
    nonsensical writing (usually verse)
    balderdash, fiddle-faddle, piffle
    trivial nonsense
    buzzword, cant
    stock phrases that have become nonsense through endless repetition
    cobblers
    nonsense
    crock
    nonsense; foolish talk
    fa la, fal la
    meaningless syllables in the refrain of a partsong
    gibber, gibberish
    unintelligible talking
    incoherence, incoherency, unintelligibility
    nonsense that is simply incoherent and unintelligible
    jabberwocky
    nonsensical language (according to Lewis Carroll)
    flummery, mummery
    meaningless ceremonies and flattery
    empty talk, empty words, hot air, palaver, rhetoric
    loud and confused and empty talk
    rigamarole, rigmarole
    a set of confused and meaningless statements
    schmegegge, shmegegge
    (Yiddish) baloney; hot air; nonsense
    hooey, poppycock, stuff, stuff and nonsense
    senseless talk
    baloney, bilgewater, boloney, bosh, drool, humbug, taradiddle, tarradiddle, tommyrot, tosh, twaddle
    pretentious or silly talk or writing
    buncombe, bunk, bunkum, guff, hogwash, rot
    unacceptable behavior (especially ludicrously false statements)
    applesauce, codswallop, folderol, rubbish, trash, tripe, trumpery, wish-wash
    nonsensical talk or writing
    pablum, pap
    worthless or oversimplified ideas
    farewell, word of farewell
    an acknowledgment or expression of goodwill at parting
    greeting, salutation
    (usually plural) an acknowledgment or expression of good will (especially on meeting)
    aloha, ciao
    an acknowledgment that can be used to say hello or goodbye (aloha is Hawaiian and ciao is Italian)
    handclasp, handshake, handshaking, shake
    grasping and shaking a person's hand (as to acknowledge an introduction or to agree on a contract)
    apology
    an expression of regret at having caused trouble for someone
    mea culpa
    an acknowledgment of your error or guilt
    commiseration, condolence
    an expression of sympathy with another's grief
    declination, regrets
    a polite refusal of an invitation
    misinformation
    information that is incorrect
    material
    information (data or ideas or observations) that can be used or reworked into a finished form
    details, inside information
    true confidential information
    fact
    a statement or assertion of verified information about something that is the case or has happened
    data format, data formatting, format, formatting
    the organization of information according to preset specifications (usually for computer processing)
    gen
    informal term for information
    database
    an organized body of related information
    intelligence, news, tidings, word
    information about recent and important events
    news
    informal information of any kind that is not previously known to someone
    nuts and bolts
    detailed practical information about how something works or how something can be accomplished
    intelligence, intelligence information
    secret information about an enemy (or potential enemy)
    confirmation
    information that confirms or verifies
    career counseling
    counseling on career opportunities
    cynosure
    something that provides guidance (as Polaris guides mariners)
    genetic counseling
    guidance for prospective parents on the likelihood of genetic disorders in their future children
    marriage counseling
    counseling on marital problems and disagreements
    confidential information, hint, lead, steer, tip, wind
    an indication of potential opportunity
    insider information
    important information about the plans or condition of a corporation that has not been released to the public; use for personal profit is illegal
    rule
    any one of a systematic body of regulations defining the way of life of members of a religious order
    prescript, rule
    prescribed guide for conduct or action
    rubric
    directions for the conduct of Christian church services (often printed in red in a prayer book)
    advice
    a proposal for an appropriate course of action
    arcanum, secret
    information known only to a special group
    secret
    something that should remain hidden from others (especially information that is not to be passed on)
    propaganda
    information that is spread for the purpose of promoting some cause
    course of study, curriculum, program, programme, syllabus
    an integrated course of academic studies
    news
    information reported in a newspaper or news magazine
    oath, swearing
    a commitment to tell the truth (especially in a court of law); to lie under oath is to become subject to prosecution for perjury
    affirmation
    (religion) a solemn declaration that serves the same purpose as an oath (if an oath is objectionable to the person on religious or ethical grounds)
    approbation
    official recognition or approval
    countenance, endorsement, imprimatur, indorsement, sanction, warrant
    formal and explicit approval
    credit, recognition
    approval
    connivance, secret approval, tacit consent
    (law) tacit approval of someone's wrongdoing
    permission
    approval to do something
    encouragement
    the expression of approval and support
    acclaim, acclamation, eclat, plaudit, plaudits
    enthusiastic approval
    applause, clapping, hand clapping
    a demonstration of approval by clapping the hands together
    cheer
    a cry or shout of approval
    congratulations, extolment, kudos, praise
    an expression of approval and commendation
    testimonial, tribute
    something given or done as an expression of esteem
    condemnation, disapprobation
    an expression of strong disapproval; pronouncing as wrong or morally culpable
    criticism, unfavorable judgment
    disapproval expressed by pointing out faults or shortcomings
    abuse, contumely, insult, revilement, vilification
    a rude expression intended to offend or hurt
    derision
    contemptuous laughter
    ridicule
    language or behavior intended to mock or humiliate
    contempt, scorn
    open disrespect for a person or thing
    depreciation, derogation, disparagement
    a communication that belittles somebody or something
    cheek, impertinence, impudence
    an impudent statement
    amendment
    a statement that is added to or revises or improves a proposal or document (a bill or constitution etc.)
    thing
    a statement regarded as an object
    true statement, truth
    a true statement
    description, verbal description
    a statement that represents something in words
    declaration
    a statement that is emphatic and explicit (spoken or written)
    announcement, annunciation, declaration, proclamation
    a formal public statement
    Bill of Rights
    a statement of fundamental rights and privileges (especially the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution)
    formula
    a conventionalized statement expressing some fundamental principle
    mathematical statement
    a statement of a mathematical relation
    evidence
    (law) all the means by which any alleged matter of fact whose truth is investigated at judicial trial is established or disproved
    bid, bidding
    (bridge) the number of tricks a bridge player is willing to contract to make
    word
    a brief statement
    account, explanation
    a statement that makes something comprehensible by describing the relevant structure or operation or circumstances etc.
    explanandum, explicandum
    (logic) a statement of something (a fact or thing or expression) to be explained
    explanans
    (logic) statements that explain the explicandum; the explanatory premises
    value statement
    a statement of the desirability of something
    representation
    a statement of facts and reasons made in appealing or protesting
    answer, resolution, result, solution, solvent
    a statement that solves a problem or explains how to solve the problem
    answer, reply, response
    a statement (either spoken or written) that is made to reply to a question or request or criticism or accusation
    announcement, promulgation
    a public statement containing information about an event that has happened or is going to happen
    forecasting, foretelling, prediction, prognostication
    a statement made about the future
    proposition
    (logic) a statement that affirms or denies something and is either true or false
    quotation
    a statement of the current market price of a security or commodity
    falsehood, falsity, untruth
    a false statement
    understatement
    a statement that is restrained in ironic contrast to what might have been said
    qualification, reservation
    a statement that limits or restricts some claim
    cautious statement
    a statement made with careful qualifications
    comment, commentary
    a written explanation or criticism or illustration that is added to a book or other textual material
    comment, input, remark
    a statement that expresses a personal opinion or belief or adds information
    rhetorical question
    a statement that is formulated as a question but that is not supposed to be answered
    misstatement
    a statement that contains a mistake
    restatement
    a revised statement
    agreement, understanding
    the statement (oral or written) of an exchange of promises
    condition, term
    (usually plural) a statement of what is required as part of an agreement
    jeu d'esprit
    a witty comment or writing
    bon mot, mot
    a clever remark
    esprit de l'escalier
    a witty remark that occurs to you too late
    bite, pungency
    wit having a sharp and caustic quality
    caustic remark, irony, sarcasm, satire
    witty language used to convey insults or scorn
    repartee
    adroitness and cleverness in reply
    gag, jape, jest, joke, laugh
    a humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughter
    caricature, imitation, impersonation
    a representation of a person that is exaggerated for comic effect
    cartoon, sketch
    a humorous or satirical drawing published in a newspaper or magazine
    fun, play, sport
    verbal wit or mockery (often at another's expense but not to be taken seriously)
    ribaldry
    ribald humor
    topper
    an exceedingly good witticism that surpasses all that have gone before
    adverse opinion
    an opinion concerning financial statements (usually based on an audit by a CPA) that the statements as a whole do not present results fairly or are not in conformity with the generally accepted accounting practices of the United States
    conjecture, guess, hypothesis, speculation, supposition, surmisal, surmise
    a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence
    position, side
    an opinion that is held in opposition to another in an argument or dispute
    estimate
    a statement indicating the likely cost of some job
    head, question
    the subject matter at issue
    misdirection
    incorrect directions or instructions
    address, destination, name and address
    written directions for finding some location; written on letters or packages that are to be delivered to that location
    markup
    detailed stylistic instructions for typesetting something that is to be printed; manual markup is usually written on the copy (e.g. underlining words that are to be set in italics)
    prescription
    directions prescribed beforehand; the action of prescribing authoritative rules or directions
    formula, recipe
    directions for making something
    rule
    directions that define the way a game or sport is to be conducted
    stage direction
    an instruction written as part of the script of a play
    style
    editorial directions to be followed in spelling and punctuation and capitalization and typographical display
    chemical formula, formula
    a representation of a substance using symbols for its constituent elements
    read-out, readout
    the information displayed or recorded on an electronic device
    phylactery, tefillin
    (Judaism) either of two small leather cases containing texts from the Hebrew Scriptures (known collectively as tefillin); traditionally worn (on the forehead and the left arm) by Jewish men during morning prayer
    tabular matter, tabulation
    information set out in tabular form
    blasphemy
    blasphemous language (expressing disrespect for God or for something sacred)
    contract offer
    offer by an employer to contract to pay an employee at a given rate
    marriage offer, marriage proposal, proposal, proposal of marriage
    an offer of marriage
    proposition
    an offer for a private bargain (especially a request for sexual favors)
    counterproposal
    a proposal offered as an alternative to an earlier proposal
    hypothesis
    a proposal intended to explain certain facts or observations
    proffer, proposition, suggestion
    a proposal offered for acceptance or rejection
    introduction
    a new proposal
    re-introduction
    a proposal of something previously rejected
    motion, question
    a formal proposal for action made to a deliberative assembly for discussion and vote
    counteroffer
    an offer made by someone who has rejected a prior offer
    bid, tender
    a formal proposal to buy at a specified price
    prospectus
    a formal written offer to sell securities (filed with the SEC) that sets forth a plan for a (proposed) business enterprise
    tender offer
    an offer to buy shares in a corporation (usually above the market price) for cash or securities or both
    reward
    the offer of money for helping to find a criminal or for returning lost property
    rights issue, rights offering
    an offering of common stock to existing shareholders who hold subscription rights or pre-emptive rights that entitle them to buy newly issued shares at a discount from the price at which they will be offered to the public later
    special
    a special offering (usually temporary and at a reduced price) that is featured in advertising
    olive branch, peace offering
    something offered to an adversary in the hope of obtaining peace
    twofer
    an offer of two for the price of one
    filing
    the entering of a legal document into the public record
    demand
    an urgent or peremptory request
    representation
    a factual statement made by one party in order to induce another party to enter into a contract
    declaration
    a statement of taxable goods or of dutiable properties
    admission
    an acknowledgment of the truth of something
    skinny
    confidential information about a topic or person
    stuff
    information in some unspecified form
    report, report card
    a written evaluation of a student's scholarship and deportment
    tall tale
    an improbable (unusual or incredible or fanciful) story
    folk tale, folktale
    a tale circulated by word of mouth among the common folk
    sob story, sob stuff
    a sentimental story (or drama) of personal distress; designed to arouse sympathy
    fairy story, fairy tale, fairytale
    a children's story involving imaginary, magical or fantastical beings or elements
    nursery rhyme
    a tale in rhymed verse for children
    promise
    a verbal commitment by one person to another agreeing to do (or not to do) something in the future
    assurance
    a statement intended to inspire confidence
    assurance, pledge
    a binding commitment to do or give or refrain from something
    thanks
    an acknowledgment of appreciation
    recital
    a detailed statement giving facts and figures
    keynote
    the principal theme in a speech or literary work
    buildup
    highly favorable publicity and praise
    PR, public relations
    a promotion intended to create goodwill for a person or institution
    blurb, endorsement, indorsement
    a promotional statement (as found on the dust jackets of books)
    ballyhoo, hoopla, hype, plug
    blatant or sensational promotion
    pitch, sales pitch, sales talk
    promotion by means of an argument and demonstration
    ad, advert, advertisement, advertising, advertizement, advertizing
    a public promotion of some product or service
    sales promotion
    promotion that supplements or coordinates advertising
    discouragement
    the expression of opposition and disapproval
    system command
    a computer user's instruction (not part of a program) that calls for action by the computer's executive program
    negation
    a negative statement; a statement that is a refusal or denial of some other statement
    proposition
    a suggested law or policy that citizens can vote for or against
    motion
    a request to a court for a ruling or order
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    communication
    something that is communicated by or to or between people or groups
  3. verb
    send a message to
    “She messaged the committee”
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    send a brief electronic communication from one cellphone to another
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    communicate, pass, pass along, pass on, put across
    transmit information
  4. verb
    send as a message
    “She messaged the final report by fax”
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    communicate, pass, pass along, pass on, put across
    transmit information
  5. verb
    send a message
    “There is no messaging service at this company”
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    communicate
    be in verbal contact; interchange information or ideas
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