Definition of text noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  1. 1  [uncountable] the main printed part of a book or magazine, not the notes, pictures, etc. My job is to lay out the text and graphics on the page. See related entries: Types of text, Parts of a book
  2. 2  [uncountable] any form of written material a computer that can process text printed text Highlight the area of text on screen and press the ‘delete’ key.
  3. 3[countable] = text message See related entries: Text messages, Mobile devices
  4. 4  [countable] the written form of a speech, a play, an article, etc. The newspaper had printed the full text of the president's speech. Can you act out this scene without referring to the text?
  5. 5  [countable] a book, play, etc., especially one studied for an exam a literary text (British English) ‘Macbeth’ is a set text this year. CollocationsLiteratureBeing a writer write/​publish literature/​poetry/​fiction/​a book/​a story/​a poem/​a novel/​a review/​an autobiography become a writer/​novelist/​playwright find/​have a publisher/​an agent have a new book out edit/​revise/​proofread a book/​text/​manuscript dedicate a book/​poem to…Plot, character and atmosphere construct/​create/​weave/​weave something into a complex narrative advance/​drive the plot introduce/​present the protagonist/​a character describe/​depict/​portray a character (as…)/(somebody as) a hero/​villain create an exciting/​a tense atmosphere build/​heighten the suspense/​tension evoke/​capture the pathos of the situation convey emotion/​an idea/​an impression/​a sense of… engage the reader seize/​capture/​grip the (reader’s) imagination arouse/​elicit emotion/​sympathy (in the reader) lack imagination/​emotion/​structure/​rhythmLanguage, style and imagery use/​employ language/​imagery/​humour/(especially US English) humor/​an image/​a symbol/​a metaphor/​a device use/​adopt/​develop a style/​technique be rich in/​be full of symbolism evoke images of…/a sense of…/a feeling of… create/​achieve an effect maintain/​lighten the tone introduce/​develop an idea/​a theme inspire a novel/​a poet/​somebody’s work/​somebody’s imaginationReading and criticism read an author/​somebody’s work/​fiction/​poetry/​a text/​a poem/​a novel/​a chapter/​a passage review a book/​a novel/​somebody’s work give something/​get/​have/​receive a good/​bad review be hailed (as)/be recognized as a masterpiece quote a(n) phrase/​line/​stanza/​passage/​author provoke/​spark discussion/​criticism study/​interpret/​understand a text/​passage translate somebody’s work/​a text/​a passage/​a novel/​a poem See related entries: Exams and assessment
  6. 6  [countable] a piece of writing that you have to answer questions about in an exam or a lesson synonym passage Read the text carefully and then answer the questions.
  7. 7[countable] (North American English) = textbook medical texts
  8. 8[countable] a sentence or short passage from the Bible that is read out and discussed by somebody, especially during a religious service
  9. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old Northern French texte, from Latin textus ‘tissue, literary style’ (in medieval Latin, ‘Gospel’), from text- ‘woven’, from the verb texere.Extra examples Hand symbols in the main body of the text cross-refer the reader to the appendices. He stood up and began reading from a prepared text. Her books appear on lists of recommended texts in universities. I posted the full text for free on my site. Save the file in plain text format. She strayed from the text in a few places to illustrate some of her more interesting points. The book exhibits a close reading of primary texts as well as scholarly commentaries. The catalogue consists of colour reproductions of the paintings with accompanying text. The illustrations are printed separately from the main text. The newspaper printed the full text of the interview. The photographs are accompanied by text. The program allows you to import text files from other word processors. The text message just said ‘Hope 2CU@the party’. Use the mouse to move chunks of text from place to place. We discussed the use of metaphor in the text. We’re studying dramatic texts by Mexican playwrights. When you point at the icon, a small text box appears. a poetic text about growing up in rural England computer programs that process text one of the best HTML text editors available ‘Macbeth’ is a set text for the exam. It is one of the most difficult literary texts of all time. Send a text to this number to vote. Students are requested not to buy texts prior to the first class. The headings should be in plain text, not bold or italic. The newspaper had printed the full text of the president’s speech.
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