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expression

noun ex·pres·sion \ik-ˈspre-shən\

: the act of making your thoughts, feelings, etc., known by speech, writing, or some other method : the act of expressing something

: a word or phrase

: the way someone's face looks that shows emotions and feelings

Full Definition of EXPRESSION

1
a :  an act, process, or instance of representing in a medium (as words) :  utterance <freedom of expression>
b (1) :  something that manifests, embodies, or symbolizes something else <this gift is an expression of my admiration for you>
(2) :  a significant word or phrase (3) :  a mathematical or logical symbol or a meaningful combination of symbols (4) :  the detectable effect of a gene; also :  expressivity 1
2
a :  a mode, means, or use of significant representation or symbolism; especially :  felicitous or vivid indication or depiction of mood or sentiment <read the poem with expression>
b (1) :  the quality or fact of being expressive
(2) :  facial aspect or vocal intonation as indicative of feeling
3
:  an act or product of pressing out
ex·pres·sion·al \-ˈspresh-nəl, -ˈspre-shə-nəl\ adjective
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Examples of EXPRESSION

  1. Dance is a form of artistic expression.
  2. He uses some very odd expressions.
  3. The expression to make fun of means to ridicule.
  4. Judging from her expression, I think the gift was a complete surprise.
  5. We saw his expression change from angry to sad.
  6. She wore a smug expression.

First Known Use of EXPRESSION

15th century
EXPRESSIONAL Defined for Kids

expression

noun ex·pres·sion \ik-ˈspre-shən\

Definition of EXPRESSION for Kids

1
:  the act or process of making known especially in words
2
:  a meaningful word or saying <Grandpa uses old-fashioned expressions.>
3
:  the look on someone's face <She had a pleased expression.>
4
:  a way of speaking, singing, or playing that shows mood or feeling <She read her lines with expression.>
Medical Dictionary

expression

noun ex·pres·sion \ik-ˈspresh-ən\

Medical Definition of EXPRESSION

1
a :  something that manifests, represents, reflects, embodies, or symbolizes something else <the first clinical expression of a disease> b (1) :  the detectable effect of a gene; also :  the sum of the processes (as transcription and translation) by which a gene is manifested in the phenotype <gene expression can be controlled by regulatory proteins that bind to specific sites on DNA—Mark Ptashne> (2) :  expressivity
2
:  facial aspect or vocal intonation as indicative of feeling
3
:  an act or product of pressing out

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