What Does IC Mean in a Text?

IC means "I See."

The abbreviation IC is used with the meaning "I See" to indicate that someone understands a message or situation. The use of IC implies that the sender understands what has been said, without necessarily being in agreement or wishing to comment. Taken literally, IC means something is within view (i.e., can be seen).

IC can also stand for "In Character," i.e., when someone is playing the role of another person.

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When I write IC, I mean this:

meaning of IC

The abbreviation IC can be used both literally and figuratively.

Summary of Key Points

"I See" is the most common definition for IC on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:I See
Guessability:guessability level 1
1: Easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of IC in Sentences

Here are examples of IC being used in conversations:
  • Martin: Let me make this simple, I want to be invited but I don't want to go.
  • Dave: IC. I think!
  • Ray: What's that in the distance?
  • Alison: IC a red car with two people in it.

An Academic Look at IC

IC is an abbreviated sentence and also an initialism derived from the sound of the words "I See."

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have just said "I See" or something like "I Understand" instead of using IC.

Example of IC Used in a Text

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