Nearby words

  1. exposure index,
  2. exposure keratitis,
  3. exposure meter,
  4. exposé,
  5. expound,
  6. express delivery,
  7. express lane,
  8. express mail,
  9. express oneself,
  10. express rifle

Origin of express

1275–1325; Middle English expressen < Latin expressus (past participle of exprimere). See ex-1, press1

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British Dictionary definitions for express


verb (tr)

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

adjective (prenominal)

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


  1. a system for sending merchandise, mail, money, etc, rapidly
  2. merchandise, mail, etc, conveyed by such a system
  3. 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


by means of a special delivery or express deliveryit went express
Derived Formsexpresser, nounexpressible, adjective

Word Origin for express

C14: from Latin expressus, literally: squeezed out, hence, prominent, from exprimere to force out, from ex- 1 + premere to press

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Word Origin and History for express
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for express




To press or squeeze out.
To produce a phenotype. Used of a gene.

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