Meaning of “text” in the English Dictionary

"text" in British English

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uk /tekst/ us /tekst/

B1 [ U ] the written words in a book, magazine, etc., not the pictures:

The book has 500 pages of text.

A2 [ C ] a text message :

I'll send you a text as soon as I have any news.
the text of sth

the exact words of a speech, etc.:

Can we see the full text of your speech before Tuesday?

B1 [ C ] UK a book or piece of writing that you study as part of a course:

"Ulysses" is a set text for the exam.

[ C usually singular ] a sentence or piece of writing from the Bible that a priest or minister reads aloud in church and talks about

More examples

  • The spelling mistakes in the text had been highlighted in green.
  • The text is finished, but the pictures will have to be pasted in later.
  • You need to demonstrate to the examiners that you have more than a literal understanding of the text.
  • The students are reading "Lord of the Flies" as one of their set texts this year.
  • At this point in the speech, the minister departed from his prepared text.

textverb [ T ]

uk /tekst/ us /tekst/
noun [ U ] uk /ˈtekst.ɪŋ/ us /ˈtekst.ɪŋ/

(Definition of “text” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"text" in American English

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textnoun [ C/U ]

us /tekst/

text noun [ C/U ] (writing)

written or printed material:

[ U ] The text is based on Irish legends.

textverb [ T ]

us /tekst/

text verb [ T ] (send)

to send a text message:

If I texted him and didn't see a response within 15 minutes, I would worry.

(Definition of “text” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"text" in Business English

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uk /tekst/ us

[ U ] the written words in a book, on the internet, etc., rather than the pictures:

There's still space on the ad for a further piece of text.
We give the address of the website in several places in the printed text.
You can highlight horizontal blocks of text by clicking and dragging the mouse.

[ C ] COMMUNICATIONS a short written message that you send or receive using a mobile phone; a text message:

get/receive/send a text A third of teenagers send more than 100 texts every day.
This package gives users 300 minutes and 500 texts a month.
the text of sth

the exact words of a speech, an article, etc.:

Attached is the full text of the speech

textverb [ T ]

uk /tekst/ us

to send someone a written message on a mobile phone:

After texting a code number, users will be able to launch the web-based application on their mobile screen.
Text me when you get out of the interview.
text sth to sb/sth Order your copy now by texting PROMO to this number.

(Definition of “text” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)