expressed; expressing; expresses

Definition of express

 (Entry 1 of 4)

transitive verb

1a : 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
3a : 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


ex·​press | \ ik-ˈspres How to pronounce express (audio) \

Definition of express (Entry 2 of 4)

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



Definition of express (Entry 3 of 4)

1a(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



Definition of express (Entry 4 of 4)

1 : by express delivered express
2 obsolete : expressly

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Other Words from express


expresser noun
expressible \ ik-​ˈspre-​sə-​bəl How to pronounce expressible (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for express

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Adjective

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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


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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb These monuments express our noblest ideals: respect for our ancestors, love of freedom, and striving for a more perfect union. Daniel Chaitin, Washington Examiner, "Trump to establish National Garden of American Heroes," 3 July 2020 Or some other emotion that Alexander could not express within the vexed bounds of his relationship to his white benefactor? Laurie Maffly-kipp, The New Republic, "The True Story of the Freed Slave Kneeling at Lincoln’s Feet," 1 July 2020 Trump’s lowest mark is on bringing the country together -- only 31% of voters express confidence in the president in that area. Emma Kinery,, "Biden Leads Trump in Poll Showing 87% Unhappy at U.S. Direction," 1 July 2020 Umeh recommended that both children and partners understand that menopause can cause people to express negative emotions unpredictably, but families should try not to take it personally. Washington Post, "Why everyone needs to know more about menopause — especially now," 29 June 2020 There are a few ways a professor can express his or her own opinions with protection from the First Amendment, Clay Calvert of the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project at the University of Florida told USA TODAY. Jordan Culver, USA TODAY, "A North Carolina professor who sparked outrage with his tweets still has his job. Why? It's called the First Amendment.," 11 June 2020 But the majority of my colleagues are exhausted and do not feel safe enough to express their mixed emotions. Najoh Tita-reid, Fortune, "Beware of burning out your black employees," 9 June 2020 On Tuesday, as Americans across the country searched for ways to express solidarity with black people, #BlackoutTuesday took social media by storm. NBC News, "June 6 coverage of nationwide unrest and ongoing protests," 7 June 2020 Most Americans expect schools to reopen in the fall, but teachers and parents express significant resistance, according to an exclusive USA TODAY/ Ipsos polls. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan GOP return-to-school proposal calls for more local flexibility, more money," 23 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Releasees have not made and/or are not responsible for any misrepresentation or guaranty, express or implied, in fact or in law, relative to the prizes. Washington Post, "21st annual Travel photo contest: Official rules," 1 July 2020 The spectacular performance of Apple stock over the past half-decade created a problem for folks pondering whether to board this seemingly unstoppable express right now. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "After Apple’s stratospheric rise, investors are facing a new threat: Simple math," 30 June 2020 Ben & Jerry's, meanwhile, put out an unequivocal statement in support of defunding police, something almost no major company has been willing to do publicly — even as many express support for Black Lives Matter. Allison Morrow, CNN, "How Snapchat missed the mark on Juneteenth," 19 June 2020 The Georgia Department of Transportation plans to replace bridges at Spalding Drive, Pitts Road and Roberts Drive as part of the Ga. 400 express lanes project, Public Works Director William H. Martin Jr. said in a report to the council. David Ibata, ajc, "Sandy Springs to contribute $5M to Ga. 400 bridge projects," 19 June 2020 The officers found about 50 pounds of the drug when a narcotics detector dog at a local express consignment facility alerted to shipments from the Dominican Republic, customs officials said in a press release. Jeanne Houck,, "Cocaine hidden in shower curtains and posters doesn't get past nose of Customs detector dog," 18 June 2020 Some express suicidal thoughts or fears that their positive COVID-19 test is a death sentence. Suzanne Hirt, USA TODAY, "As calls to crisis hotlines spikes amid the coronavirus, those who respond feel the strain," 16 June 2020 For example, makeovers of Van Ness Avenue and of Geary Boulevard to build express bus lanes ended up taking years in part because of CEQA challenges, Wiener said. Carolyn Said,, "Proposed California law would fast-track environmentally sustainable transit," 15 June 2020 The country even offers express entry for skilled immigrants. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Donald Trump’s rhetoric is steadily chasing Indians out of the US—towards Canada," 9 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The incident caused extensive delays, even after one eastbound express lane was reopened around 8 a.m. Fox News, "Bus on New Jersey Turnpike bursts into flames," 20 Feb. 2020 All the official communications from the Bureau express optimism and reiterate the goal of counting everyone. Anna Diamond, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Enumerated Story of the Census," 13 Apr. 2020 For express removal and a spa-like feel, warm up a face cloth and lay over the aluminum. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Gel Nails Still A Wreck Due To Quarantine? Read This," 6 Apr. 2020 Self-checkout is the most efficient option on express-size orders of 15 items or fewer. Washington Post, "This is the definitive way to use self-checkout lanes," 25 Feb. 2020 The court’s conservatives prevailed in the 5-to-4 ruling in which the court for the second time considered whether relatives of foreign victims injured on foreign soil can go to court without express authorization from Congress. Robert Barnes,, "Justices find that parents of Mexican teen slain by Border Patrol agent cannot sue in US courts," 25 Feb. 2020 Cafe MeSo Located inside the Marriott Phoenix Chandler, the daily lunch express special is designed to get diners in and out quickly. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "17 restaurants for great lunch deals in metro Phoenix," 28 Feb. 2020 Ambulance and police services were called to Wallan, a rural town 30 miles north of Melbourne, on Thursday evening where five carriages of a long-distance express passenger train had left the tracks. Isabella Kwai, New York Times, "2 Dead After Sydney to Melbourne Train Derails in Australia," 20 Feb. 2020 Children living at Hephzibah participated in a dance express show with Staley, and practiced their passing, running and kicking skills with the Bears alumni. Steve Schering,, "‘We could not be more thrilled’: Chicago Bears donate $100,000 to Oak Park’s Hephzibah Home," 28 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb All express pleasant shock at their changed Sundays. Paul Daugherty,, "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

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First Known Use of express


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


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


1619, in the meaning defined at sense 1b


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for express


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

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

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9 Jul 2020

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“Express.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of express

 (Entry 1 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


How to pronounce express (audio)

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

: said or given in a clear way
: of a particular kind
: traveling at high speed with few stops



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



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

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


ex·​press | \ ik-ˈspres How to pronounce express (audio) \
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



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



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
ex·​press | \ ik-ˈspres, ek- How to pronounce express (audio) \

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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Legal Definition of express

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

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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