express oneself

Reveal or portray one's feelings or views through speech, writing, some form of art, or behavior. For example, I find it hard to express myself in Italian, or Helen expresses herself through her painting, or Teenagers often express themselves through their attire, haircuts, and the like. [Mid-1500s]

Words Nearby express oneself

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How to use express oneself in a sentence

  • It is not enough to express oneself in the same tone of deference that Muslims do when talking or writing about their religion.

    The Fire-Bombed Book | Ayaan Hirsi Ali | October 5, 2008 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • That incident clearly demonstrates how difficult and delicate it is to express oneself in a tongue other than one's own.'

    A Fantasy of Far Japan | Baron Kencho Suyematsu
  • It was done from the fulness of youthful energy, and from the desire to express oneself that was "in the air."

    Fraternity | John Galsworthy
  • Now I have noticed that at one time it is much easier to express oneself in a foreign language than at another.

  • Still, it is difficult to express oneself feelingly to order.

    Long Odds | Harold Bindloss