express

1 of 4

verb

ex·​press ik-ˈspres How to pronounce express (audio)
expressed; expressing; expresses

transitive verb

1
a
: to represent in words : state
b
: to make known the opinions or feelings of (oneself)
c
: to give expression to the artistic or creative impulses or abilities of (oneself)
d
: to give or convey a true impression of : show, reflect
e
: to represent by a sign or symbol : symbolize
2
: to send by express
3
a
: to force out (something, such as the juice of a fruit) by pressure
b
: to subject to pressure so as to extract something
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
expresser noun
expressible adjective

express

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adjective

1
a
: directly, firmly, and explicitly stated
my express orders
b
2
a
: of a particular sort : specific
for that express purpose
b
: designed for or adapted to its purpose
3
a
: 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

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noun

1
a(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
b
British : a messenger sent on a special errand
c
British : a dispatch conveyed by a special messenger
d
British : special delivery
2
: an express vehicle

express

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adverb

1
: by express
delivered express
2
obsolete : expressly
Choose the Right Synonym for express

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

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

Examples of express in a Sentence

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. Adjective the express lane at the grocery store a trip to the supermarket with the express purpose of buying milk Noun He sent the package to us by express. He takes the express to work. Adverb They sent the package express. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
British Foreign Secretary David Cameron has expressed public interest in early recognition of a Palestinian state. Loveday Morris, Washington Post, 15 Feb. 2024 In another airport issue, the City Council unanimously voted Tuesday to send a letter the the San Diego County Board of Supervisors expressing concerns about the Palomar Airport Advisory Committee. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Feb. 2024 May Lilley, Chief Marketing Officer of Under Canvas, expressed the company's pride in this achievement, emphasizing their dedication to reducing light pollution and providing an unmatched nighttime experience. Jordi Lippe-McGraw, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 That year, following Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, the series’ creator Charles M. Schulz received a letter from schoolteacher Harriet Glickman expressing concern about the lack of diversity in the Peanuts comic strip. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 15 Feb. 2024 Kansas City Chiefs star tight end Travis Kelce expressed anguish over the shooting. Nouran Salahieh, CNN, 15 Feb. 2024 In a special shout-out to Corinne, the Academy Award winner expressed his joy that his daughter has found her perfect match in Hooten. Jen Juneau, Peoplemag, 15 Feb. 2024 The Spirit Lake Police Department also expressed visible frustration at the gathering with the way the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office directed the department to keep information from the public during the investigation into the killing of 67-year-old S.A. Floyd. Alexandra Duggan, Idaho Statesman, 14 Feb. 2024 Katherine’s attackers showed up at her funeral to express their condolences, says her father, highlighting the impunity and cynicism that flourished under gang control. Whitney Eulich, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 Feb. 2024
Adjective
So enjoy the view, but please show respect for the flowers and grower: do not enter the fields without the grower's express consent. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 16 Feb. 2024 Standard shipping on Temu is six to 20 days, and even the express option takes four to nine days. Drew Bernstein, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 According to a 2023 Gallup poll, Americans between 12 and 26 express strikingly low levels of trust in our political and social institutions, and those 18-26 are considerably more cynical than their slightly younger peers. Eric Klinenberg, TIME, 9 Feb. 2024 Tidal Wave Auto Spa, one of the nation's fastest-growing express car wash companies, recently hosted over 200 Site Leaders from across the company's 23-state footprint in Pine Mountain, Georgia, for their annual Site Leader Retreat. Miami Herald, 5 Feb. 2024 The next step was the calling of the Mississippi constitutional convention of 1890, which had the express purpose of encoding white supremacy into the state’s DNA. Charles Blow, The Mercury News, 2 Feb. 2024 Tidal Wave Auto Spa, one of the nation's fastest-growing express car wash companies, celebrated the opening of three brand-new locations this week in Madison, AL, Eagan, MN, and Bartlesville, OK. Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Cons Those in the market for an express tan won’t like having to let this product sit for six hours. Alyssa Brascia, Peoplemag, 30 Jan. 2024 For Château Latour, these pebbles serve an express purpose in the winemaking process. Cait Bazemore, Robb Report, 10 Dec. 2023
Noun
Coinciding with the ascension of the Rangers, the cracks in Houston’s armor could spell an end to their supremacy over the division and their annual express pass to the ALCS. Daniel R. Epstein, Forbes, 10 Feb. 2024 Well, fasten your seatbelts because the longevity express is here to change that. Jennifer Stojkovic, Rolling Stone, 29 Jan. 2024 The claustrophobia is palpable and perfectly executed as hot mess express Andri watches his investigation and his personal relationships unravel. David Faris, theweek, 14 Jan. 2024 Americans like speed: fast food, same-day Amazon door drops and airport express lines. Bob Fernandez, WSJ, 5 July 2023 This also means that the mail will not run (with the exception of special holiday express deliveries). Maggie Horton, Country Living, 19 June 2023 Pineapple express is a TV-friendly phrase that refers to the warm, airborne rivers of moisture that are drawn from the subtropics by storms out of the North Pacific. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Mar. 2023 Earlier this year, the country celebrated opening the first stretch of a new eight-lane express highway connecting the cities of New Delhi and Mumbai. Lilit Marcus, CNN, 13 Apr. 2023 Haverhill Line trains were operating express between Ballardvale and North Station, the MBTA commuter rail said on Twitter at 6:34 p.m. Passengers between Reading & Malden Center were advised to consider Bus #137 and an Orange line connection for alternative service. Adam Sennott, BostonGlobe.com, 21 Jan. 2022
Adverb
All express pleasant shock at their changed Sundays. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, 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, 15 June 2017 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

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

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

First Known Use

Verb

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

Adjective

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

Noun

1619, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

Adverb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of express was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near express

Cite this Entry

“Express.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/express. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

express

1 of 4 adjective
ex·​press ik-ˈspres How to pronounce express (audio)
1
: explicit
my express orders
express written consent
2
: of a particular sort : specific
came for that express purpose
3
: sent or traveling at high speed
express mail
especially : making few or no stops
an express train

express

2 of 4 adverb
: by express
send a package express

express

3 of 4 noun
1
a
: a system for the special transportation of goods
b
: a company operating such a service
c
: the goods or shipments so transported
2
: an express vehicle (as an elevator or train)

express

4 of 4 verb
1
a
: to represent or give expression to especially in words : state
b
: to make one's opinions, feelings, or abilities known
c
: to represent especially by a mathematical sign or symbol : symbolize
2
: to press or squeeze out
3
: to send by express
expresser noun
expressible adjective

Medical Definition

express

transitive verb
ex·​press ik-ˈspres, ek- How to pronounce express (audio)
1
: to make known or exhibit by an expression
2
a
: 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 timePaula 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

Legal Definition

express

1 of 2 adjective
ex·​press
: directly and distinctly stated or expressed rather than implied or left to inference compare implied

express

2 of 2 transitive verb
: to make known (one's thoughts, ideas, or opinions) by words, conduct, or symbols see also expression

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