- to put (thought) into words; utter or state: to express an idea clearly.
- to show, manifest, or reveal: to express one's anger.
- to set forth the opinions, feelings, etc., of (oneself), as in speaking, writing, or painting: He can express himself eloquently.
- to represent by a symbol, character, figure, or formula: to express water as H2O; to express unknown quantities algebraically.
- to send by express: to express a package or merchandise.
- to press or squeeze out: to express the juice of grapes.
- to exude or emit (a liquid, odor, etc.), as if under pressure: The roses expressed a sweet perfume.
- Genetics. (of a gene) to be active in the production of (a protein or a phenotype).
- clearly indicated; distinctly stated; definite; explicit; plain: He defied my express command.
- special; definite: We have an express purpose in being here.
- direct or fast, especially making few or no intermediate stops: an express train; an express elevator.
- used for direct or high-speed travel: an express highway.
- duly or exactly formed or represented: an express image.
- pertaining to an express: an express agency.
- an express train, bus, elevator, etc.
- a system or method of sending freight, parcels, money, etc., that is faster and safer, but more expensive, than ordinary freight service: We agree to send the package by express.
- a company engaged in this business.
- British. a messenger or a message specially sent.
- something sent by express.
- by express: to travel express.
- Obsolete. expressly.
Origin of express
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Examples from the Web for expressed
For his part, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has expressed his “full confidence” in Representative Scalise.Reverend Jeremiah Wright Was Worse Than Scalise
January 2, 2015
No dishing, and his emotions in the book are no different than the ones he expressed, apparently, in a press release.The Story of the World’s Greatest Cricket Player
December 24, 2014
Yet she spoke of his dignity in such an insane situation and when she touched on his pain she expressed her own on his behalf.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind
December 19, 2014
There are other tribes that have expressed interest to us in getting involved.Tribes to U.S. Government: Take Your Weed and Shove It
December 13, 2014
The report said the CIA expressed regret for not ultimately punishing him.CIA Interrogation Chief: ‘Rectal Feeding,’ Broken Limbs Are News to Me
December 11, 2014
She was in his confidence in 1858-9, and he had a great regard for her, which he often expressed to me.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
O the words of kindness, all to be expressed in vain, that flowed from her lips!Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
It is expressed in conduct, of course; but conduct may fail while the attitude can remain constant.The Conquest of Fear
For once, he had expressed that fondness in a primitive fashion, and he was glad.
As he hurried to the door, he expressed again his admiration for the name.
- to transform (ideas) into words; utter; verbalize
- to show or reveal; indicatetears express grief
- to communicate (emotion, etc) without words, as through music, painting, etc
- to indicate through a symbol, formula, etc
- to force or squeeze outto express the juice from an orange
- to send by rapid transport or special messenger
- express oneself to communicate one's thoughts or ideas
- clearly indicated or shown; explicitly statedan express wish
- done or planned for a definite reason or goal; particularan express purpose
- of, concerned with, or designed for rapid transportation of people, merchandise, mail, money, etcexpress delivery; an express depot
- a system for sending merchandise, mail, money, etc, rapidly
- merchandise, mail, etc, conveyed by such a system
- mainly US and Canadianan enterprise operating such a system
- Also called: express train a fast train stopping at none or only a few of the intermediate stations between its two termini
- See express rifle
- by means of a special delivery or express deliveryit went express
Word Origin and History for expressed
late 14c., from Old French espresser "press, squeeze out; speak one's mind" (Modern French exprimer), Medieval Latin expressare, frequentative of exprimere "represent, describe," literally "to press out" (source of Italian espresso; the sense evolution here is perhaps via an intermediary sense of something like "clay that takes under pressure takes the form of an image"), from ex- "out" (see ex-) + pressare "to press, push," from Latin premere (see press (v.1)). Related: Expressed; expresses; expressing.
late 14c., from Old French expres, from Latin expressus "clearly presented," past participle of exprimere (see express (v.)). This led to the noun (first attested 1610s) meaning "special messenger." Sense of "business or system for sending money or parcels" is 1794. An express train (1841) originally ran to a certain station.
- To press or squeeze out.
- To produce a phenotype. Used of a gene.