Text can be used as a verb both transitively and intransitively, in many different ways. It usually means only messaging by SMS (short message service) using mobile telephones. Other forms of textual messaging (such as on Facebook) are not texting.
Here are some examples from the Corpus of Contemporary American English. (They mostly the past tense form texted because the part-of-speech tagger tags all incidences of text as a noun, so it is difficult to find examples of text as a verb.)
Recipient as direct object:
- And she hasn't texted me all day.
- I knew it was him because I texted him and I saw him take out his phone
- Each time I texted a friend or family member to say where I was, the auto correct says I was in tacos and not Taos.
Message as direct object:
- We have entre into this cozy family scene because Bristol herself texted an invite.
- Newark mayor Cory Booker's tweet to Snooki, after she texted a post about being stuck in traffic in Newark
- Sara found out and texted,' We're having a bake-off.'
Transitive uses with a direct object (message) and an indirect object (recipient):
- " It's time to be the best ever, " a friend texted our new hero before he became just that.
- Perry, who bounced a plastic bottle off his head at the 2009 VMAs, texted him a photo of her breasts and got their romance started.
- Tapping on my iPhone, I texted my secret to my teammate, K-9, along with a pic.
- Shortly before kickoff in the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, he texted Gerhart good luck
- And truckers who texted while driving were twenty-three times more likely than others to have a collision.
- She always called or texted to let me know when she was home
- If you're texting a ton, that mystery disappears too quickly and he'll see you more as a friend
Uses with a clause subordinated by that indicating the message:
- While I drove there Tuesday night, Mike Lynch texted that there were 60 vehicles in line
- She had texted Tyree that she was pregnant