What Does ASAP Mean in a Text?

ASAP means "As Soon As Possible." ASAP is both an acronym and an abbreviation. It is widely used with the meaning "As Soon As Possible." The use of ASAP usually implies a sense of urgency.

ASAP is thought to have originated with the US military in the 20th century. It is now very commonly used in everyday speech, both face-to-face and in test-based communications.

Due to overuse, ASAP is now considered outdated in some circles. Its use should probably be avoided in business communications.

Of note:
  • ASAP has the same meaning as ASAIC ("As Soon As I Can"), but is used much more widely.
  • ASAP Mob is an American music collective from New York. It is a collective of rappers, record producers, music video directors and fashion designers who share similar artistic interests.

Video Summarizing ASAP

Here's a short video explaining how to use ASAP:

Image for ASAP

When I write ASAP, I mean this:

meaning of ASAP

Rakim Mayers is ASAP Rocky of the ASAP Mob

Summary of Key Points

"As Soon As Possible" is the most common definition for ASAP on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:As Soon As Possible
Guessability:guessability level 4
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:typical user

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Examples of ASAP in Sentences

Here are examples of ASAP being used in conversations:
  • Boss: ASAP I am going to ban the use of that damn acronym ASAP!
  • Assistant: I'll get on that ASAP.
  • Tom: Can you lend me $10? I will pay you back ASAP.
  • Dave: Of course. I'll get it to you ASAP.

An Academic Look at ASAP

ASAP is both an acronym and an initialism abbreviation. It is typically spoken like a word (i.e., "Ay-sap"), but is also often pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Ay Ess Ay Pee").

ASAP is an adverb of time. An adverb of time states when something happens or how often.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we would have just said something like "As Soon As Possible" instead of using ASAP.

Example of ASAP Used in a Text

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