IMA Meaning: What Does IMA Mean and Stand For?

Acronyms can be a great way to save time when typing a text or message. And some of them are obvious what they mean, but some aren’t…

If you’ve received a text or message that says IMA and don’t know what it means or just want to learn more about it, you’ve come to the right place!

IMA Meaning

What Does IMA Mean?

So, what does IMA mean? It means I Am Going To. Some people actually use it when talking as well. It can also mean I Must Admit.

The Origin of IMA

Like I mentioned above, it was shortened into an acronym to save time when texting, so shortly after cell phones were invented.

What are Other Meanings of IMA?

IMA can also mean I Must Admit, which is usually an opener to a confession. This can be good or bad, depending on the person and the context in which it’s used.

  • For example, it would be good if your boyfriend said “IMA, I think you’re beautiful and I love you.”
  • It would be bad if your sister said “IMA, I ruined your blouse…”

Who Uses IMA?

Anyone can use IMA, no matter their age, but typically teenagers and young adults. It’s important to consider the relationship you have with the person you’re texting or messaging. You could safely text a sibling or close friend using IMA, but it would be best to avoid using it when texting or messaging your boss or a parent you have a more formal relationship with.

When to Use IMA

Again, you would use IMA with anyone you have a casual or informal relationship with. Like a sibling, friend, close cousin or even a colleague that you get along with and are more like friends with.

Examples of How to Use IMA

Now that you know what it means, and when and when not to use IMA, here are some examples of how to use it:


  • Text from boyfriend to girlfriend: IMA love you forever.”
  • Message from sister to sister: IMA borrow your blouse.”


Text to cousin:

  • Cousin 1: “They said they loved me, but broke up with me!”
  • Cousin 2: IMA beat them up!”

Message from coworker that you have a close relationship with:

  • Coworker 1: IMA take the day off tomorrow. Cover for me?”
  • Coworker 2: “Ok, but you owe me one.”

Other Ways to Say IMA

If you think (or know) it would be inappropriate to type IMA to the person you’re texting, please don’t. So, what can you type instead?

  • You could, of course, just type out, I am going to (XYZ)…
  • Or, you could type, I will (XYZ)…

This comes across as more respectful and confident to the other person because you’re taking the time to type this statement out fully. You’re acknowledging, without saying it directly, that they’re worthy of your respect and time, even if it’s just a few extra seconds. You’re also stating (again, indirectly) that what you’re saying is important and worthy of respect too, because you’re not rushing to write or send it.

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