text ( texts plural & 3rd person present) ( texting present participle) ( texted past tense & past participle )
1 n-sing The text of a book is the main part of it, rather than the introduction, pictures, or notes.
The text is precise and informative.
2 n-uncount Text is any written material.
A CD-ROM can store more than 250,000 pages of typed text.
3 n-count The text of a speech, broadcast, or recording is the written version of it.
usu sing, usu N of n
A spokesman said a text of Dr Runcie's speech had been circulated to all of the bishops.
4 n-count A text is a book or other piece of writing, especially one connected with science or learning.
Her text is believed to be the oldest surviving manuscript by a female physician.
5 n-count A text is a written or spoken passage, especially one that is used in a school or university for discussion or in an examination.
His early plays are set texts in universities.
6 n-count A text is the same as a text message.
I borrowed my wife's mobile phone last week and a text arrived from another man.
7 verb If you text someone, you send them a text message on a mobile phone. Mary texted me when she got home. V n
text message ( text messages plural ) A text message is a written message that you send using a mobile phone. n-count
Text messaging is sending written messages using a mobile phone. n-uncount
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