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 Glover said Harris called her Saturday to express her thanks for the support of hundreds of thousands of AKA sorority sisters and fellow alums of historically Black colleges and universities. Tyrone Beason, Los Angeles Times, "Joy mixes with wariness as Black Americans savor the election of Biden and Harris," 9 Nov. 2020 Then, in October 2017, Ka turned in paperwork to get Kyra approved for an augmentative communication device, a tablet that allows people with autism, cerebral palsy and other conditions that make communication difficult to express themselves. State Of Denial, ProPublica, "People with Developmental Disabilities Were Promised Help. Instead, They Face Delays and Denials.," 6 Nov. 2020 The two teachers landed on the idea of a talent show that would not only allow each student to express themselves, but also instill a sense of pride in their abilities. John Benson, cleveland, "Lakewood City School promotes social-emotional learning with Harding Middle School virtual talent show," 4 Nov. 2020 But any small tweaks to the system—blocking the hashtag, limiting search results, shadow-banning users posting to this tag—can happen in the blink of an eye, and could be dangerous for those who express themselves through #depressed posts. Ysabel Gerrard, Wired, "The Perils of Moderating Depression on Social Media," 4 Nov. 2020 Tech leaders deny any partisanship, saying their policies strike a balance between allowing users to freely express themselves and keeping hate, abuse and misinformation off their platforms. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "Trump and Giuliani blast Facebook, Twitter over alleged censorship and bias for Biden: 'It's a fix'," 3 Nov. 2020 Today's Full Moon in your sign gives you a great boost of courage to express yourself. Tarot Astrologers,, "Daily horoscope for October 31, 2020," 31 Oct. 2020 The Teen Center provides a supervised place for Glastonbury teens to have fun, socialize with peers, express themselves creatively, do homework, eat healthy snacks, and learn valuable skills., "Community news for the Glastonbury edition," 30 Oct. 2020 Continue to express yourself openly, kindly and honesty. Annie Lane, oregonlive, "Dear Annie: Man admits he feels emasculated by girlfriend’s income," 28 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Also, a political committee formed for the express purpose of advocating the passage or defeat of an issue on the ballot can have an observer for each polling location. Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY, "Taking time to count votes 'is not a sign of misconduct or chaos': How states prevent election fraud," 6 Nov. 2020 The ugly ones would look great hot in a mug with vanilla ice cream before catching the express train to Tummy Town. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "A pumpkin spice celebration for cheesecake lovers," 27 Oct. 2020 In Lorton, Burns managed to get around the Marines called up from their base at nearby Quantico for the express purpose of stopping leaks. Alli Hartley-kong, Smithsonian Magazine, "Radical Protests Propelled the Suffrage Movement. Here’s How a New Museum Captures That History," 26 Oct. 2020 The call to Total Chaos Fabrication was a lot easier, mostly because that company is used to building expensive Toyotas for the express purpose of jumping off sand dunes. Wes Siler, Outside Online, "Inside My Custom Toyota Land Cruiser Build," 15 Oct. 2020 Her vote against the protest resolution was not one in favor of sending in federal forces, nor did Bry express support for doing so. Michael Smolens Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Attack ads tie Barbara Bry to Trump — and Democrats," 30 Sep. 2020 The statements come as parents and teachers have express concerns about reopening schools amid fears that social distancing measures won’t keep children safe. Fox News, "British PM Boris Johnson asks parents to set aside coronavirus fears, send children back to school next month: report," 24 Aug. 2020 Trinks did express disappointment that a motion to extend the meeting by 30 minutes failed on a partisan vote. Steven Goode,, "Discussion continues in Windsor on impending removal of statue of John Mason, colonist who led raid on Pequot Indians," 4 Aug. 2020 Library visitors separated upon entering — some arrived for an express pick-up, others found computer stations for free wifi access, and a few people headed for stocked book shelves. Pat Stoetzer,, "Browsing for books is back: Carroll County Public Library branches reopen after 6-month break," 22 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Shipping for orders under $75 is just $5 for economy, $15 for express, and $25 for next-day. Kelsey Clark, Glamour, "17 Sites With the Fastest Shipping Times for Last-Minute Holiday Shoppers," 30 Oct. 2020 Behind the spacious control room, within the wings, are the main cargo compartments for mail and express, and directly behind them are complete sleeping and living quarters for the crew. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "New York to Europe by Clipper: A Prelude to an Historic Flight," 30 Oct. 2020 Day-of-travel express service guarantees results are emailed within 12 hours, and generally, before a passenger lands, said airline spokesperson Alex DaSilva. Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY, "As American, United, other airlines roll out passenger testing for COVID-19, here's what you need to know," 30 Sep. 2020 The good news is that Americans are finally waking to the danger; a new survey shows that more than 75 percent express concern about the monopolies. Barry Lynn, Wired, "America Can Still Achieve Its Techno-Utopian Dream," 29 Sep. 2020 Accessible from any browser, this web app comes in two versions: an advanced full editor and a streamlined express one. David Nield, Popular Science, "Why pay for Office and Photoshop when you can get these alternatives for free?," 30 Jan. 2018 And a new route, the Route 363, will replace the routes 361 and 365 with four morning and four afternoon express trips between Cottage Grove and downtown Minneapolis via downtown St. Paul. Janet Moore, Star Tribune, "Metro Transit to step up service in September," 21 Aug. 2020 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 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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18 Nov 2020

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“Express.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 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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