express

verb
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

express

adjective
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
b : exact, precise
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

express

noun

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

express

adverb

Definition of express (Entry 4 of 4)

1 : by express delivered express
2 obsolete : expressly

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Other Words from express

Verb

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for express

Synonyms: Verb

air, expound, give, look, raise, sound, state, vent, ventilate, voice

Synonyms: Adjective

concrete, distinct, especial, peculiar, precise, set, special, specific

Synonyms: Noun

courier, go-between, messenger, page, runner

Antonyms: Verb

stifle, suppress

Antonyms: Adjective

nonspecific

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Roughly one in four have participated in a walkout, attended a rally, or written to a public official to express their views on global warming — remarkable levels of activism for a group that has not yet reached voting age. BostonGlobe.com, "Meanwhile, the number of teenagers who say they’re being taught in school how to mitigate climate change appears to be on the decline. Fourteen percent say they have learned ‘‘a lot’’ about the subject, down from 25 percent in 2010, when the Yale Project on Climate Change asked a similar question.," 17 Sep. 2019 Parents, educators and others use a series of questions to engage children and youth and help them develop understanding of and the ability to express emotions. Lallia Allali, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Someone San Diego Should Know: Linda Williams," 16 Sep. 2019 The use of non-binary pronouns has become increasingly common in recent years as a way for gender nonconforming people to express their identity. Time, "'My Pronouns Are They/Them.' Singer Sam Smith Changes Pronouns to Gender-Neutral," 14 Sep. 2019 Roughly one in four have participated in a walkout, attended a rally or written to a public official to express their views on global warming - remarkable levels of activism for a group that has not yet reached voting age. Sarah Kaplan, Anchorage Daily News, "Most teens are frightened by climate change, poll shows," 13 Sep. 2019 A month after his sister's passing, Louis Tomlinson broke his silence to express his appreciation for his fans' support during the difficult period. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "London Coroner Releases Report On Félicité Tomlinson Cause Of Death," 12 Sep. 2019 They may be particularly concerned about former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who has been dropping the F-bomb to express his anger about gun violence. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "Democratic debate featured frontrunners who battled each other, attacked Trump," 12 Sep. 2019 Several football clubs took to social media to express their condolences. Alaa Abdeldaiem, SI.com, "Son of Brazil World Cup Winner Cafu Dies of a Heart Attack While Playing Soccer," 5 Sep. 2019 In fact, Power has the temerity to express disappointment with the U.S. public for refusing to support intervention. Daniel Bessner, The New Republic, "The Fog of Intervention," 4 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The existing carpool lane in both directions will be converted to an express lane. Daily Pilot, "Demolition of Bushard Street bridge over 405 Freeway to begin this weekend," 12 Sep. 2019 The local lanes were closed and drivers were only allowed to access the express lanes. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Local lanes of eastbound I-96 at Greenfield reopen after car crash," 5 Sep. 2019 Thomas wheeled her 15-item cart to the express lane, meant explicitly for customers with ten items or fewer. John Hirschauer, National Review, "Erica Thomas, Mythmaker," 26 July 2019 Thomas took to social media to claim that Sparkes berated her for using the express lane with more than 10 items. Fox News, "Mueller on the hot seat as Dems and GOP seek info on Trump investigation in marathon hearings," 24 July 2019 The African American resident discussed her encounter with a white man at an express lane at Publix in Mableton. Tribune Content Agency, al.com, "Man denies telling Georgia lawmaker to ‘go back where you came from’," 22 July 2019 The settlement required the company to stop misrepresenting its privacy protections and to obtain express consent from users before overriding their privacy settings. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: If a $5-billion fine won’t shake Facebook, what can bring it to heel?," 18 July 2019 The new Brooks bus hub is located on the Southeast Side at 7903 S. New Braunfels Ave. and will offer high-frequency bus service along eight bus routes, including an express route to downtown. Bruce Selcraig, ExpressNews.com, "VIA’s new Brooks Transit Center hopes to connect a community," 14 Sep. 2019 Rivas offers an on-the-edge performance that makes Luisa’s nervousness hard to watch, while d’Elia’s almost otherworldly clear eyes express worlds of incomprehension and rebellion. Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Sleepwalkers' ('Los Sonámbulos'): Film Review | TIFF 2019," 8 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

And in 2016, the MBTA added a pair of express trains that travel non-stop between Worcester and Boston in under an hour. Boston.com Real Estate, "Will transportation woes drive down home prices?," 4 Sep. 2019 People headed to the same floor are bunched together, turning each elevator into an express train. Jesse Dunietz, Popular Mechanics, "The Hidden Science of Elevators," 2 Sep. 2019 By the afternoon, an express train connecting the city to Hong Kong International Airport was suspended - first because of a decision from authorities, and later because demonstrators had flung objects on the track. Author: Shibani Mahtani, Timothy Mclaughlin, Anchorage Daily News, "Protesters focus again on Hong Kong’s airport, snarling transport links after day of violence," 1 Sep. 2019 The operator of the express train to Hong Kong's airport has suspended service as pro-democracy protesters gathered there following a day of violent clashes with police. Fox News, "Train to Hong Kong airport suspended after violent protests," 1 Sep. 2019 By the afternoon, an express train connecting the city to Hong Kong International Airport was suspended — first because of a decision from authorities and later because demonstrators had flung objects on the track. Washington Post, "Protesters focus on Hong Kong’s airport, snarling transport links after day of violence," 1 Sep. 2019 Other activities include a pumpkin express barrel train at $2 per child and pumpkin bowling for $1 per person. Adriana Ramirez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here are 9 places where you can get your pumpkins in southeast Wisconsin this fall," 10 Sep. 2019 Any rebroadcast, retransmission, or account of this game without the express written permission of National Review magazine is strictly prohibited. Nr Staff, National Review, "Episode 162: Gaffe-Prone, but Going Strong," 30 Aug. 2019 State and federal laws forbid use of a person’s likeness for commercial or advertising uses without express consent, the suit states. Ron Hurtibise, sun-sentinel.com, "I’m not single: Married cop sues over use of photo to promote dating site," 12 Aug. 2019

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

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First Known Use of express

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

History and Etymology for express

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

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express

verb

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

express

adjective

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

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

adverb

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

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

express

verb
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

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- 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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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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