text

noun
\ ˈtekst How to pronounce text (audio) \

Definition of text

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a(1) : the original words and form of a written or printed work
(2) : an edited or emended copy of an original work
b : a work containing such text
2a : the main body of printed or written matter on a page
b : the principal part of a book exclusive of front and back matter
c : the printed score of a musical composition
3a(1) : a verse or passage of Scripture chosen especially for the subject of a sermon or for authoritative support (as for a doctrine)
(2) : a passage from an authoritative source providing an introduction or basis (as for a speech)
b : a source of information or authority
4 : theme, topic
5a : the words of something (such as a poem) set to music
b : matter chiefly in the form of words or symbols that is treated as data for processing by computerized equipment text-editing software
6 : a type suitable for printing running text
7 : textbook
8a : something (such as a story or movie) considered as an object to be examined, explicated, or deconstructed
b : something likened to a text the surfaces of daily life are texts to be explicated— Michiko Kakutani
9 : frame of reference sense 2 updated to fit the women's lib text for consciousness raising— Judith Crist
10 : text message sent a text with the details

text

verb
texted\ ˈtek-​stəd How to pronounce text (audio) , nonstandard  ˈtekst \; texting

Definition of text (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to send a text message from one cell phone to another

intransitive verb

: to communicate by text messaging

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Other Words from text

Verb

texter noun

Synonyms for text

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of text in a Sentence

Noun A good critic will refer back to the text often. You can find the full text of his speech on his website. the text of the Constitution The book is mostly photographs—it has very little text. At this point the website is only text. Graphics will be added later. Students will read and discuss various literary texts. Verb I texted her a little while ago. I texted a message to her. She just texted me back.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Girl Scout troops all volunteered to help, and Jones would coordinate pickups and drop-offs via text messages. Nedra Rhone, ajc, 10 Sep. 2021 Do not respond to calls, text messages or emails from unknown numbers or suspicious addresses. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 10 Sep. 2021 Seegmiller did not respond to calls or text messages seeking comment. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 Sep. 2021 About two-thirds of Americans continue to be opposed to the possibility of warrantless U.S. government monitoring of telephone calls, emails and text messages made within the U.S. Hannah Fingerhut, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Sep. 2021 The government's potential exhibit list runs nearly 240 pages and mentions correspondence between Holmes and Kissinger, emails from Murdoch to Holmes, and text messages between Holmes and Balwani. Sara Ashley O'brien, CNN, 8 Sep. 2021 In text messages revealed by prosecutors on Tuesday, Ms. Holmes showered Mr. Balwani with affection. Erin Griffith, New York Times, 8 Sep. 2021 Those include thousands of text messages and emails that shed light on key players and their involvement in the months-long election audit. Amanda Luberto, The Arizona Republic, 8 Sep. 2021 About two-thirds of Americans continue to be opposed to the possibility of warrantless U.S. government monitoring of telephone calls, emails and text messages made within the U.S. Eric Tucker, chicagotribune.com, 7 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb To find a location, text your zip code to GETVAX (438829). Jessika Harkay, courant.com, 29 June 2021 Spanish speakers can text their ZIP code to 822862. Los Angeles Times, 7 May 2021 People can text their ZIP code to GETVAX (438829) or VACUNA (822862) in Spanish to find three locations near them with vaccines in stock. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, 6 May 2021 Just be sure to use a cell phone to make the call, because shortly after your child leaves their voicemail for Santa, Santa will text back with a phone number. Jill Gleeson, Country Living, 23 Aug. 2021 In the best-case scenario, someone will text back with a name and a phone number. Erin Delmore, NBC News, 20 Aug. 2021 Someone had to text Petr, who is at Wimbledon with Sebastian, to spread the good news. New York Times, 27 June 2021 Albright and Brown roll into towns, dispensing T-shirts, registering voters and urging their followers to text voting messages to their friends and families. Fredreka Schouten, CNN, 17 June 2021 The Holliston senior immediately pulled out his phone to text his teammates. BostonGlobe.com, 10 June 2021

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First Known Use of text

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Verb

1998, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for text

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French tiste, texte, from Medieval Latin textus, from Latin, texture, context, from texere to weave — more at technical

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The first known use of text was in the 14th century

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12 Sep 2021

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“Text.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/text. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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text

noun

English Language Learners Definition of text

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the original words of a piece of writing or a speech
: the words that make up the main part of a book, magazine, newspaper, Web site, etc.
: a book or other piece of writing especially : one that is studied

text

verb

English Language Learners Definition of text (Entry 2 of 2)

: to send someone a text message

text

noun
\ ˈtekst \

Kids Definition of text

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the actual words of an author's work
2 : the main body of printed or written matter on a page
3 : textbook
4 : a Bible passage that is the subject of a sermon

text

verb
texted; texting

Kids Definition of text (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to send (someone) a text message
2 : to communicate by text messaging

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