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noun     message pronunciation in British English
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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. b.
      a piece of information that your brain sends to or receives from part of your body
  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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