text - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [uncountable] the part of a book, magazine, or computer document that consists of writing and does not include pictures or notes

    There are 200 pages of text and illustrations.

    1. a.
      [countable/uncountable] a written record of the words of a speech, lecture, programme, or play

      The text of the lecture is available from the departmental office.

    2. b.
      [countable] a piece of writing such as a book or play that you study for an examination or for research

      We’ll be analysing the language of literary texts.

      set text (=a book that you study for an examination):

      The play is a set text for first-year students.

    3. c.
      [countable] a short piece of writing that you discuss or answer questions about

      Has everyone finished reading the text?

    4. d.
      [countable] a short section from the Bible or another religious book, especially one that is read to a group of people
  2. 3
    [countable] mainly American a textbook