verb (used without object) Digital Technology.

to send a text message: Texting while driving is an accident asking to happen.

verb (used with object) Digital Technology.

to send a text message about or containing: He texted a long wish list to his parents two days before his eighteenth birthday.Compare instant message(def 2).
to send a text message to: The only way I can ever reach her is to text her.

Nearby words

  1. texas rangers,
  2. texas revolution,
  3. texas sage,
  4. texas tower,
  5. texel,
  6. text blindness,
  7. text edition,
  8. text editor,
  9. text hand,
  10. text message

Origin of text

1300–50; Middle English < Medieval Latin textus text, terms, Latin: text, structure, orig., pattern of weaving, texture (of cloth), equivalent to tex(ere) to weave + -tus suffix of v. action

Related formstext·less, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for text



the main body of a printed or written work as distinct from commentary, notes, illustrations, etc
the words of something printed or written
(often plural) a book prescribed as part of a course of study
computing the words printed, written, or displayed on a visual display unit
the original exact wording of a work, esp the Bible, as distinct from a revision or translation
a short passage of the Bible used as a starting point for a sermon or adduced as proof of a doctrine
the topic or subject of a discussion or work
printing any one of several styles of letters or types
short for textbook
short for text message


to send a text message from a mobile phone
Derived Formstextless, adjective

Word Origin for text

C14: from Medieval Latin textus version, from Latin textus texture, from texere to compose

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Word Origin and History for text
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