explicit implies such verbal plainness and distinctness that there is no need for inference and no room for difficulty in understanding.
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
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
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Recent Examples on the Web
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Celebrities, activists and other fans expressed their condolences in the comments on a post on Latt’s Instagram about his death.—Natalie Kainz, NBC News, 1 Dec. 2023 Confidently and respectfully expressing your opinions, needs and boundaries, while also being considerate of others’ rights and feelings, doesn’t come naturally to everyone.—Jodie Cook, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 Adding to the perplexities, a major studio expressed interest in screening Fancy Dance internally for diversity training, yet showed no intent to discuss acquisition, exemplifying the industry’s often superficial engagement with diversity and representation.—Erica Tremblay, The Hollywood Reporter, 30 Nov. 2023 All three actors have expressed interest in playing Spider-Man together again, which would no doubt pump up the box office for Marvel.—Zack Sharf, Variety, 30 Nov. 2023 Speaking at the New York Times DealBook summit shortly before the announcement, OpenAI cofounder Elon Musk expressed concerns about Altman and questioned why Sutskever had voted to fire him.—Will Knight, WIRED, 30 Nov. 2023 Prior to his criticism of advertisers, Musk expressed remorse for a post on X earlier this month that was widely condemned as antisemitic.—Max Zahn, ABC News, 30 Nov. 2023 Goldman Sachs has held talks with American Express Co. to take over the Apple credit card and other services, but that company expressed concerns about loss rates, the Journal said.—Mark Gurman, Fortune, 29 Nov. 2023 This is an opinion and analysis article, and the views expressed by the author or authors are not necessarily those of Scientific American.—Josephine Latu-Sanft, Scientific American, 29 Nov. 2023
Decisions like these, involving people who almost certainly cannot give express consent, hang over the sterilization debate.—Sarah Hurtes, New York Times, 25 Nov. 2023 Taiga Motors was started by three college buddies with the express intent of electrifying outdoor powersport vehicles.—WIRED, 18 Nov. 2023 FedEx offices will be open on Friday and Saturday, but on Friday, its express service will have early on-call pickups in some areas and its ground economy deliveries may be delayed because of the Postal Service's observance of the holiday.—Alex Sundby, CBS News, 10 Nov. 2023 Funded primarily by donations, the nonprofit allows men of color to nominate others to receive bouquets as a way to improve mental health, express appreciation and combat toxic masculinity.—Joanne Fowler, Peoplemag, 27 Oct. 2023 The patrons will then either be robbed or driven around Austin with the express intent of getting as much money, compensation, or items from the patron as possible.—Greg Wehner, Fox News, 22 Oct. 2023 Dubbed Rapid 227, the express bus is geared partly toward binational commuters who use the Otay border crossing’s pedestrian lanes, which are slated for a significant expansion early next year.—David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Oct. 2023 That instant recognition makes for an instantly winning Halloween costume, an express character study achievable through beauty alone.—Mackenzie Wagoner, Vogue, 17 Oct. 2023 She was prohibited from leaving her hotel room without express permission and kept under 24-hour surveillance.—Joelle Goldstein, Peoplemag, 5 Oct. 2023
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 So what shifting currents might the Academy Museum express?—Los Angeles Times, 29 Sep. 2021 According to Healey, The Valhalla 55 will thrive in a variety of roles – offshore tournament contender, high-performance sport yacht, fish-and-cruise express, or tender to a Viking or superyacht.—Bill Springer, Forbes, 22 Mar. 2023 Love you more than chunking express, or Denis Johnson’s already dead, or the stooges’ raw power.—Alyssa Bailey, ELLE, 11 Apr. 2023
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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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