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noun message pronunciation in British English /ˈmesɪdʒ/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a piece of written or spoken information that you send to someone, especially when you cannot speak to them directly
    I got your email message, thank you.
    message for someone from someone: There’s a message for you here from Kimberly.
    leave a message: If I’m not there, just leave a message with Chris.
    take a message (=take information on the telephone and give it to someone else): She’s not here at the moment – can I take a message?
    message of support/congratulation/sympathy etc: The family received several messages of support.
    1. a.
      a piece of information that you send by email
      I had 35 new messages this morning.
  2. 2
    [singular] the main idea that you want people to remember from a speech, advertisement, article etc
    The film sends a clear message about the dangers of drug-taking.
    get the message across (=make people understand something): Advertisements need to get the message across in 60 seconds or less.



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