What Does ILU Mean in a Text?

ILU means "I Love You." The significance of using the abbreviation ILU depends on the relationship between the sender and the recipient. Whilst actually saying "I love you" is still considered a declaration of deep, romantic, and exclusive affection, the abbreviation ILU should not always be taken so literally. It is sometimes used just to show affection, rather than as an actual declaration of love.

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When I write ILU, I mean this:

meaning of ILU

"I Love You"

Summary of Key Points

"I Love You" is the most common definition for ILU on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:I Love You
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults, Teenagers, and Under 13s

Examples of ILU in Sentences

Here are examples of ILU being used in conversations:
  • Tessa: I hate not being with you every minute of every day.
  • Danny: ILU.
  • Sharon: I have got the tickets for the show!
  • Tony: Hooray! You're the greatest! ILU.

An Academic Look at ILU

ILU is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Eye Ell Yoo), but as this is harder to say than "I love you" it is not often uttered using its letters. In other words, the abbreviation ILU is for efficiency in writing and not efficiency in speech.

The abbreviation ILU is normally used as a standalone declarative sentence (i.e., a statement) with the meaning "I love you." ILU is not often used as another part of speech within a wider sentence.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we would have just said "I love you" instead of using the abbreviation ILU.

Example of ILU Used in a Text

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