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.
- ex·press·er, ex·pres·sor, noun
- ex·press·i·ble, adjective
- ex·press·less, adjective
- o·ver·ex·press, verb (used with object)
- pre·ex·press, verb (used with object)
- qua·si-ex·pressed, adjective
- re·ex·press, verb (used with object)
- su·per·ex·press, noun
- un·ex·press·i·ble, adjective
- well-ex·pressed, adjective
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How to use express in a sentence
It’s a dance that truly expresses what the soul feels in that very moment.Know Your Flow: The Good Sh*t Guide to Pole Passions | Eugene Robinson | November 12, 2020 | Ozy
There’s something in between hardware and the player, and that should be expressed.PS5 designer: ‘When I started drawing, it was much larger’ | Joe Moore | November 9, 2020 | Washington Post
He praised Smith’s tempo and control, and he expressed confidence in the 36-year-old, who will start for the foreseeable future with Kyle Allen out with a dislocated ankle.How Washington’s passing offense clicked against the Giants — and what it means going forward | Sam Fortier | November 9, 2020 | Washington Post
She wrote a stream of articles and bulletins expressing gender consciousness.A modest rebel: The paradoxical personality of Eleanor Roosevelt | Douglas Brinkley | November 6, 2020 | Washington Post
Ossoff’s campaign expressed confidence even as Perdue was likely to finish this round about two percentage points ahead.Control of the Senate heads into overtime as Georgia braces for runoff elections | Paul Kane | November 6, 2020 | Washington Post
No one, of course, was “repressing” Klaus or preventing him from “expressing his views,” something he does with abandon.Vaclav Klaus, Libertarian Hero, Has His Wings Clipped by Cato Institute | James Kirchick | December 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
My survival no longer offers the time, but to see others expressing frustration they can barely put into words is helpful.
New York City at the time, according to McBride, attracts men and women who are exploring and expressing their sexual difference.
In the run-up to Tuesday, the national media groaned with opinion columns expressing our love-hate relationship with voting.What Republicans Need Right Now Is a Good Internal Fight | James Poulos | November 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He always wants to find little flourishes in her wardrobe that are her way of expressing herself in a rather conservative world.How Carrie Preston Became The Good Wife’s Favorite Scene Stealer | Kevin Fallon | October 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Dramatic adaptation in expressing various characters, emotions, and motives is potentially very great.Expressive Voice Culture | Jessie Eldridge Southwick
The conservative senate sent a deputation to Bonaparte, expressing their desire that he would accept the title of emperor.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
The two men plunged into discussion, and Isabel, her eyes expressing a polite interest, studied the face of her cousin.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
Several different ways of expressing the same date will be given in a few cases.Assimilative Memory | Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
She had once been almost as emphatic in expressing herself upon the subject as the corner grocer.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
British Dictionary definitions for express
to transform (ideas) into words; utter; verbalize
to show or reveal; indicate: tears express grief
to communicate (emotion, etc) without words, as through music, painting, etc
to indicate through a symbol, formula, etc
to force or squeeze out: to 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 stated: an express wish
done or planned for a definite reason or goal; particular: an express purpose
of, concerned with, or designed for rapid transportation of people, merchandise, mail, money, etc: express delivery; an express depot
a system for sending merchandise, mail, money, etc, rapidly
merchandise, mail, etc, conveyed by such a system
mainly US and Canadian an 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 delivery: it went express
- expresser, noun
- expressible, adjective
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