\ 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


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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texter noun

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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 Apps such as Talkspace and BetterHelp offer therapy over text, phone or video, usually for less than the average sticker price of in-person sessions. Los Angeles Times, 22 Sep. 2021 House Democrats on Tuesday unveiled the full text of their plan, which funds the government into early December and suspends the debt ceiling into December 2022. Tony Romm, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Sep. 2021 And there's the text pretending to be from Verizon. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 22 Sep. 2021 The text of the Little Rock resolution leaves open the possibility that the Visa cards will be purchased through the end of 2022, with the possibility of extensions through the end of 2026. Joseph Flaherty, Arkansas Online, 22 Sep. 2021 The measure, the text of which was released earlier Tuesday, cleared the House in a party-line vote of 220 to 211. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, 22 Sep. 2021 Among other upgrades, users will now be able to customize the size of text within each app. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 22 Sep. 2021 The text and calls began flooding Danny White’s phone as news that UCF had accepted an invitation to join the Big 12 Conference began to trickle out of Orlando. Matt Murschel, orlandosentinel.com, 22 Sep. 2021 The data includes client names, home addresses, email addresses, phone numbers and passwords left in plain, readable text. Washington Post, 21 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For example, companies could consider setting up a system that allows customers to text the business line directly and shares those messages in one central location. Jay Bean, Forbes, 22 Sep. 2021 Anyone with more information is asked to call 202-727-9099 or can text anonymously at 50411. David Aaro, Fox News, 22 Sep. 2021 Anyone with information about the incident should contact the school’s administration, Master Deputy Robert Cromwell, the school resource officer, or text the tip line at 240-741-7036, Mobley said. Kristen Griffith, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 21 Sep. 2021 The service has been around since 2014, when the Federal Communications Commission adopted rules requiring that text messaging providers enable Americans to text 911 in an emergency. Suzanne Baker, chicagotribune.com, 21 Sep. 2021 If someone is interested in signing up for a class, Oldham said to email him via his website, taylorandburton.com, or text the number listed on it. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 21 Sep. 2021 So what better time for the scammers to text our phones with promises of big cash? Susan Tompor, USA TODAY, 15 Sep. 2021 So what better time for the scammers to text our phones with promises of big cash? Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 15 Sep. 2021 Alexander Zverev alleged Tsitsipas was using the breaks to text his father and coach, Apostolos, which would be a violation of ATP rules, USA Today reported. Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, 2 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of text


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


1998, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for text


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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“Text.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/text. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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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



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

: to send someone a text message


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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


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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