express

adjective
ex·press | \ ik-ˈspres \

Definition of express 

(Entry 1 of 4)

1a : directly, firmly, and explicitly stated my express orders

b : exact, precise

2a : designed for or adapted to its purpose

b : of a particular sort : specific for that express purpose

3a : traveling at high speed specifically : traveling with few or no stops along the way express train

b : designed or intended to be used for fast movement or travel an express highway with few local exits the express lane at the supermarket

c(1) : delivered faster than usual an express shipment

(2) British : designated to be delivered without delay by special messenger

express

adverb

Definition of express (Entry 2 of 4)

1 obsolete : expressly

2 : by express delivered express

express

noun

Definition of express (Entry 3 of 4)

1a British : a messenger sent on a special errand

b British : a dispatch conveyed by a special messenger

c(1) : a system for the prompt and safe transportation of parcels, money, or goods at rates higher than standard freight charges

(2) : a company operating such a merchandise freight service

d British : special delivery

2 : an express vehicle

express

verb
expressed; expressing; expresses

Definition of express (Entry 4 of 4)

transitive verb

1a : delineate, depict

b : to represent in words : state

c : to give or convey a true impression of : show, reflect

d : to make known the opinions or feelings of (oneself)

e : to give expression to the artistic or creative impulses or abilities of (oneself)

f : to represent by a sign or symbol : symbolize

2a : to force out (something, such as the juice of a fruit) by pressure

b : to subject to pressure so as to extract something

3 : to send by express

4 : to cause (a gene) to manifest its effects in the phenotype also : to manifest or produce (a character, molecule, or effect) by a genetic process

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Other words from express

Verb

expresser noun
expressible \ik-ˈspre-sə-bəl \ adjective

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Adjective

explicit, definite, express, specific mean perfectly clear in meaning. explicit implies such verbal plainness and distinctness that there is no need for inference and no room for difficulty in understanding. explicit instructions definite stresses precise, clear statement or arrangement that leaves no doubt or indecision. the law is definite in such cases express implies both explicitness and direct and positive utterance. her express wishes specific applies to what is precisely and fully treated in detail or particular. two specific criticisms

Verb

express, vent, utter, voice, broach, air mean to make known what one thinks or feels. express suggests an impulse to reveal in words, gestures, actions, or what one creates or produces. expressed her feelings in music vent stresses a strong inner compulsion to express especially in words. a tirade venting his frustration utter implies the use of the voice not necessarily in articulate speech. utter a groan voice does not necessarily imply vocal utterance but does imply expression or formulation in words. an editorial voicing their concerns broach adds the implication of disclosing for the first time something long thought over or reserved for a suitable occasion. broached the subject of a divorce air implies an exposing or parading of one's views often in order to gain relief or sympathy or attention. publicly airing their differences

Examples of express in a Sentence

Adjective

the express lane at the grocery store a trip to the supermarket with the express purpose of buying milk

Adverb

They sent the package express.

Noun

He sent the package to us by express. He takes the express to work.

Verb

He expressed an interest in meeting her. She expressed surprise at his rude behavior. The results can be expressed as a percentage. The length, expressed in centimeters, is 29. They expressed the package to us.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Others express anguish over his companies' aggressive dealings with tenants, particularly through assembly-line evictions. Kevin Crowe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'He'll evict you in a minute.' Landlord quietly becomes a force in Milwaukee rental business...and eviction court," 13 July 2018 On June 24, Junior Francis, 22, of Lauderhill, was seen on cellphone video riding on the hood of a Mercedes Benz C300 in the express lane on southbound I-95, following an argument with his ex-girlfriend, according to her arrest report. Wayne K. Roustan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Another man seen clutching onto speeding car in Miami-Dade," 11 July 2018 For commuters sitting in lines of traffic coming home to Harford County after work, two express lanes and interchange upgrades, sounds like a welcome relief. Editorial From The Aegis, The Aegis, "Two more lanes [Editorial]," 21 June 2018 Furthermore, many first responders express concern that a lack of oversight and communication with private firefighters could add risk in an already dangerous fire situation. NBC News, "Wealthy's use of private firefighters ignites debate in wildfire country," 4 May 2018 For more information, text DIV4 to 22828 to join the Division 4 express mailing list, or call 423-892-2846 or visit www.nmra.org. Linda Gandee/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Train whistles spark memories of the past at the train show in Avon Lake," 10 Apr. 2018 Beard did not express support for a specific candidate to replace interim coach David Padgett. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Former Cardinal great Butch Beard on scandals: 'Louisville is at everybody's mercy'," 21 Mar. 2018 The most tangible expansion in the works is a $1.1 billion extension of the express toll lanes in the Interstate 95 corridor, north of Baltimore, where construction is expected to begin next year. Washington Post, "Maryland races to catch up with Virginia in toll road projects," 30 June 2018 Did any express concerns about trying to juggle everything? Madeline Buxton, refinery29.com, "Welcome to IGTV: An Interview With Instagram's Co-Founder," 26 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

All express pleasant shock at their changed Sundays. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc: Would you miss the NFL and the Cincinnati Bengals if they were gone?," 5 Feb. 2018 EXPRESS-BUS SOLUTION Why the Metro Gold Line is not the solution to traffic congestion in St. Paul: Congestion is primarily during rush hour and thus the solution must address commuters during typical business hours. Letter Writers, Twin Cities, "Letter: Gold Line won’t solve congestion in St. Paul," 15 June 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

On Tuesday, more than 500 people were rescued from an express train that got stuck because of waterlogged tracks. Washington Post, "Mudslide kills 9 in India’s remote mountainous northeast," 11 July 2018 The new schedule, which went into effect June 11, has a train that stops in Hinsdale at 6:45 a.m. and then runs express to Chicago, arriving at 7:08 a.m. Kimberly Fornek, chicagotribune.com, "Metra commuters have mixed feelings about new schedule on BNSF line," 18 June 2018 Kylian Mbappé, inside the first 10 seconds, burning Belgium’s Jan Vertonghen away, an express train speeding past a bewildered commuter. Rory Smith, New York Times, "France, With Flash to Spare, Reaches the World Cup Final," 11 July 2018 No other use of Bloomberg’s marks, names or logos is permitted without express written permission from BLP. 2. Bloomberg, "Terms of Service," 8 July 2018 Prior to the program, screenings and spa services will be offered beginning at 4 p.m., including chair massages, mini express manicures/hand massages, bone density screenings, personal trainer consultations and bra fittings. Staff Report, Post-Tribune, "Community news," 3 July 2018 So if the mayor actually comes up with express train legislation, how about pulling a switcheroo? Ben Joravsky, Chicago Reader, "Politics / Transportation Another whopper from Rahm: express service to O'Hare that won’t cost the public," 18 June 2018 Trump and his top aides, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton, both previously known for their hard line views on North Korea, have express optimism that a denuclearization agreement can be worked out. Anna Fifield, Anchorage Daily News, "North Korea threatens to cancel summit with Trump over military drills," 15 May 2018 Trump and his top aides, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton, both previously known for their hard line views on North Korea, have express optimism that a denuclearization agreement can be worked out. The Washington Post, cleveland.com, "North Korea threatens to cancel summit with Trump over military drills," 15 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Especially since President Trump has continued to call the Russia investigation a hoax and a witch hunt, and expressed interest in improving relations with Putin. Ken Dilanian /, NBC News, "The timing, the proof, the details: Takeaways from Mueller's new indictments," 13 July 2018 Today, the look of young love is best expressed with the slide sandal. Emilia Petrarca, The Cut, "Celebrities Are Slipping Into Love Like a Pair of Slide Sandals," 13 July 2018 Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty expressed relief at the quick resolution at Louie’s. Frances Stead Sellers, Washington Post, "Two Oklahoma citizens killed an active shooter, and it's not as simple as it sounds," 13 July 2018 The mother of four also expressed dismay about the Trump administration's immigration policies, especially separating kids from their parents at the border. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Mira Sorvino's Hollywood horror: I was gagged with a condom at an audition at age 16," 12 July 2018 For now, no one on the 25-member council is expressing opposition to the criminal justice center. James Briggs, Indianapolis Star, "Mayor Joe Hogsett breaks ground on Indianapolis jail — months before council gives final OK," 12 July 2018 At that time, the county also expressed safety concerns, noting the facility did not have running water, restrooms or fire sprinklers, according to court documents. Susan Demar Lafferty, Daily Southtown, "Will County addresses growing demand for barn weddings, beekeeping and tasting rooms," 11 July 2018 In speeches and letters, Grinberg expressed his vision for a haven where displaced Jews could rehabilitate physically and spiritually and rebuild the Jewish community. Emanuella Grinberg, Smithsonian, "When a Bavarian Monastery Provided a Home to Jewish Refugees," 11 July 2018 Her publicly expressed lack of concern wasn't focused on some specific aspect of her role - perhaps one with which the public could even empathize or at least understand. Robin Givhan, Houston Chronicle, "Nothing else Melania Trump wears will ever matter again," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of express

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adverb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1619, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for express

Adjective

Middle English, from Anglo-French expres, from Latin expressus, past participle of exprimere to press out, express, from ex- + premere to press — more at press

Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French espresser, from expres, adjective

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More Definitions for express

express

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of express

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: said or given in a clear way

: of a particular kind

: traveling at high speed with few stops

express

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of express (Entry 2 of 4)

: by a system that delivers letters and packages quickly : by express

express

noun

English Language Learners Definition of express (Entry 3 of 4)

: a system for delivering things (such as letters and packages) quickly

: a train or bus that travels quickly with few stops

express

verb

English Language Learners Definition of express (Entry 4 of 4)

: to talk or write about (something that you are thinking or feeling)

: to make (your thoughts and feelings) known by doing something other than talking or writing

: to show (an amount, quantity, etc.) by a sign or a symbol

express

verb
ex·press | \ ik-ˈspres \
expressed; expressing

Kids Definition of express

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : to make known especially in words I expressed my surprise.

2 : to represent by a sign or symbol The amount was expressed as a percentage.

3 : to send by a quick method of delivery

express

adjective

Kids Definition of express (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : clearly stated an express order

2 : of a certain sort I came for an express purpose.

3 : sent or traveling at high speed express mail

express

verb

Kids Definition of express (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : a system for the quick transportation of goods Send your package by express.

2 : a vehicle (as a train or elevator) run at special speed with few or no stops

express

transitive verb
ex·press | \ ik-ˈspres, ek- \

Medical Definition of express 

1 : to make known or exhibit by an expression

2a : to force out by pressure express breast milk manually or by electric pump

b : to subject to pressure so as to extract something some pumps express one breast at a time —Paula Lynn Parks

3 : to cause (a gene) to manifest its effects in the phenotype a gene selectively expressed in lung tumors also : to manifest or produce (a character, molecule, or effect) by a genetic process individuals with the gene express symptoms of the disease differentially expressed proteins

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express

adjective
ex·press

Legal Definition of express 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: directly and distinctly stated or expressed rather than implied or left to inference — compare implied

express

transitive verb

Legal Definition of express (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make known (one's thoughts, ideas, or opinions) by words, conduct, or symbols — see also expression

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