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express

adjective ex·press \ ik-ˈspres \
Updated on: 8 Dec 2017

Definition of express

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

Examples of express in a Sentence

  1. the express lane at the grocery store

  2. a trip to the supermarket with the express purpose of buying milk

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Origin and Etymology of express

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

Synonym Discussion of express

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

Other Railroad Terms


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express

adverb

Definition of express

1 obsolete : expressly
2 : by express
  • delivered express

Examples of express in a Sentence

  1. They sent the package express.

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First Known Use of express

14th century


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express

noun

Definition of express

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

Examples of express in a Sentence

  1. He sent the package to us by express.

  2. He takes the express to work.

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First Known Use of express

1619


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express

verb

Definition of express

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

play \ik-ˈspre-sə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of express in a Sentence

  1. He expressed an interest in meeting her.

  2. She expressed surprise at his rude behavior.

  3. The results can be expressed as a percentage.

  4. The length, expressed in centimeters, is 29.

  5. They expressed the package to us.

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Origin and Etymology of express

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

Synonym Discussion of express

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


EXPRESS Defined for English Language Learners

express

adjective

Definition of express for English Language Learners

  • : said or given in a clear way

  • : of a particular kind

  • : traveling at high speed with few stops


express

adverb

Definition of express for English Language Learners

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


express

noun

Definition of express for English Language Learners

  • : a system for delivering things (such as letters and packages) quickly

  • : a train or bus that travels quickly with few stops


express

verb

Definition of express for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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express

verb ex·press \ ik-ˈspres \

Definition of express for Students

expressed; expressing
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

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express

adjective

Definition of express for Students

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

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express

verb

Definition of express for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

express

transitive verb ex·press \ ik-ˈspres, ek- \

medical Definition of express

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 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

Law Dictionary

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express

adjective ex·press

legal Definition of express

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

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express

transitive verb

legal Definition of express

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


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