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

Amram, a veteran TV writer currently working on The Good Place, made the six-episode series with the express goal of getting the award. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "An Emmy For Megan," 12 July 2018 Users will also get concession benefits, like popcorn and soda upgrades and express service at the box office. Yohana Desta, HWD, "Move Over, MoviePass: AMC Announces a Subscription Service of Its Own," 20 June 2018 Previously, there were no inbound trains during the morning rush hour that ran express from Western Springs. Kimberly Fornek, chicagotribune.com, "Metra commuters have mixed feelings about new schedule on BNSF line," 18 June 2018 The money is being sought to add hundreds of new buses, more rapid and express bus routes, community bus programs for every city and more technologically advanced roads. Larry Barszewski, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Sales tax referendum a go: Broward voters to decide 30-year tax for transportation," 5 June 2018 Tentative wording of the notices to property owners explains that once a majority of property owners along the Santa Maria Creek express interest in the project, the county will be able to contact the owners and begin studying the idea further. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Greenway project hinges on landowners," 30 Jan. 2018 Here's my proposal for all of us to consider: Instead of lashing out when people make choices or express viewpoints that differ from ours, how about taking a more positive approach? Molly Kimball, NOLA.com, "Are we too judgey about others' food choices? We may be doing more harm than good," 24 Apr. 2018 These transit enhancements are designed to encourage students to use express parking lots on the outskirts of campus rather than waste time looking for parking in the core of campus, Fowler said. Erin Edgemon, AL.com, "UAB could build 2 parking decks, ban freshman parking," 10 Apr. 2018 All Aboard Florida's $3-billion Brightline express train service promises to cut down travel time between vacation destinations by running at speeds ranging from 79 to 125 miles per hour. Katelyn Lunders, Country Living, "Florida Is Launching The Country's First Private High-Speed Train Service," 15 Dec. 2017

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

Many more express a shrugging sense of resignation, that the facts of the case may never be clear. Ellen Barry, New York Times, "At Site of U.K. Poisoning, Doubts About Case Creep In," 16 June 2018 Double-decker models work better on express lines with fewer stops, Mr. Byford said. Emma G. Fitzsimmons, New York Times, "At Long Last, a Plan to Fix New York City’s Buses," 23 Apr. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In the same opinion, Kavanaugh expressed skepticism about independent agencies altogether. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Consumer advocacy groups are extremely worried about Brett Kavanaugh," 11 July 2018 On Monday, Trump expressed favorable opinions about him. Jennifer Jacobs, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump narrows Supreme Court search to 3 front-runners," 6 July 2018 That gave me the opportunity to think about the opera and how to express it in physical space. Zoë Madonna, BostonGlobe.com, "Jamie Bernstein, her ‘Famous Father,’ and nothing to hide," 5 July 2018 The biggest improvement, the Plotts said, is that William can express himself. Anne Saker, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati tested the marijuana drug that the FDA has just approved," 27 June 2018 While many in those nations have expressed pride and joy that a Balkan country has made it to the final, Croatia's stellar achievement also has caused envy and nationalist outbursts evoking the war era. Jovana Gec, Fox News, "Mixed emotions in Balkans over Croatia's World Cup success," 13 July 2018 What Waters grasped was that the anger being expressed was a rational response to injustice. Rebecca Traister, The Cut, "Summer of Rage," 29 June 2018 While Machado has expressed his desire to remain at shortstop, Duquette indicated there’s been interest from teams who want Machado as a shortstop and some who need him to be a third baseman. Eduardo A. Encina, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles' Duquette: Trade interest in Machado greater now than during offseason," 27 June 2018 Again, from the Times: Part of the problem, officials say, is that the White House has expressed little interest in the problem of Russian interference, and that the apathy has had a trickle-down effect. Luke Darby, GQ, "Tech Companies Asked the FBI for Help Fighting Fake News and the FBI Told Them No," 26 June 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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