express

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

Definition of express

 (Entry 1 of 4)

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

adverb

Definition of express (Entry 2 of 4)

1 obsolete : expressly
2 : by express delivered express

express

noun

Definition of express (Entry 3 of 4)

1a 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

express

verb
expressed; expressing; expresses

Definition of express (Entry 4 of 4)

transitive verb

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
2a : 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

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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: Adjective

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

Synonyms: Noun

courier, go-between, messenger, page, runner

Synonyms: Verb

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

Antonyms: Adjective

nonspecific

Antonyms: Verb

stifle, suppress

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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

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

Examples of express in a Sentence

Adjective

the express lane at the grocery store a trip to the supermarket with the express purpose of buying milk

Adverb

They sent the package express.

Noun

He sent the package to us by express. He takes the express to work.

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Simon ruled that Dollar at most had a right to repossess the car, but its contractual right didn’t allow for a search over the express objection and denial of consent by a driver with a legitimate and reasonable privacy interest in the car. oregonlive, "Judge rules police search of rental car unconstitutional and throws out gun, drug evidence," 30 Aug. 2019 According to organizers on the messaging platform Telegram, the march was intended to reiterate protesters' core demands, as well as express opposition to alleged police brutality. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "Petrol bombs follow peaceful march in Hong Kong protests," 25 Aug. 2019 The weekend schedule includes five inbound and five outbound Saturday trains on the UP Northwest Line, and three inbound and three outbound trains on Sundays and holidays, including express trains to and from Arlington Heights. Mary Wisniewski, chicagotribune.com, "Metra to make schedule changes on 5 lines starting next month," 20 Aug. 2019 Drivers can already access the two additional lanes, for free until they’re implemented as express lanes. Brooke Baitinger, sun-sentinel.com, "It looks like the I-95 express lanes are ready to open. They’re not.," 19 Aug. 2019 Average fares are lower than on the West Coast mainline, where the West Midlands trains franchise for stopping services and the Virgin trains franchise for express ones hold near-monopolies. The Economist, "How rising rail fares and falling punctuality undermine confidence," 15 Aug. 2019 Check out the full The Karla x Welch collection above, launching online at express.com and in select express stores. James Love, Essence, "Celebrity Stylist, Karla Welch Collaborates With Express For A Second Time Express.," 17 July 2019 Under the 2011 settlement, Facebook was required to implement a privacy program, obtain express consent from users before making changes that override privacy preferences, and undergo regular privacy audits. David Mclaughlin And Daniel Stoller / Bloomberg, Time, "Facebook's Getting Slapped With a $5 Billion FTC Privacy Settlement," 12 July 2019 Copyright 2019 by Bay City News, Inc. — Republication, Rebroadcast or any other Reuse without the express written consent of Bay City News, Inc. is prohibited. Bay City News, The Mercury News, "Leashed cat rescued from ledge of Bay Bridge," 21 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Venders and buyers alike that come to the EaDo Vintage Swap Meet's express the need for social responsibility when selling or buying products and an awareness of what that means for the environment. Samantha Lopez, Houston Chronicle, "How locals swap fast fashion for vintage sustainability," 5 Aug. 2019 Another change would allow drivers who are billed by video toll cameras — such as on the Intercounty Connector and Interstate 95 express toll lanes — to have an option to get discounts by going online to pay the tolls before invoices are mailed. Pamela Wood, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland Gov. Hogan proposes more toll changes, but offers few details," 19 July 2019 For 30-minute workouts, there's barrebase, which is geared toward lower-body sculpting, and barrefight express. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A Wauwatosa couple who met in a fitness class is opening Lake Country Barre District in Pewaukee," 9 July 2019 Kevin Murphy slipped off the platform and into the path of a westbound express or through train, which at that moment was barreling through the station, on the track closest to the platform, at about 70 mph. Edmund H. Mahony, courant.com, "Connecticut Supreme Court says lawsuit against Metro North involving a Darien man struck and killed by a train can proceed," 5 July 2019 According to the State Road and Tollway Authority, rush-hour traffic in recent months on the I-85 and I-75 South Metro express lanes averaged about 10 mph faster than traffic in the adjacent free lanes. David Wickert, ajc, "Are toll lanes really the answer to Atlanta’s traffic mess?," 17 June 2019 The Maryland Transportation Authority staff will answer questions and give updates regarding the expansion of express toll lanes on I-95 into Harford County Wednesday, Aug. 7, in Abingdon. S. Wayne Carter Jr., baltimoresun.com, "MDOT to host meeting about I-95 toll lanes coming to Harford Wednesday," 7 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Two of Bowlen’s daughters, Beth Bowlen Wallace, 48, and Brittany Bowlen, 29, have expressed a desire to succeed their father. Ryan O’halloran, The Denver Post, "State of the Broncos: Expectations low, but confidence high entering regular season," 8 Sep. 2019 With the Giants clinging to a narrow 1-0 lead in the late innings on Saturday against the Dodgers, one of Bruce Bochy’s pitchers expressed a desire to take the mound. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Bochy maximizing expanded Giants’ bullpen, team preparing to stretch starting rotation," 8 Sep. 2019 Dolan also expressed concern during the panel about there being an agenda that goes along with these stories being published. Chelsea Hofmann, azcentral, "International UFO Congress holds 28th annual conference in downtown Phoenix," 8 Sep. 2019 Massachusetts senator and Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has often expressed the desire to break up technology companies that dominate the marketplace. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Making the antitrust case against Facebook, a new kind of monopoly," 6 Sep. 2019 Miller also expressed disappointment, and worried there were other people out there that would have the same issues she did based on the company’s advertisement. Eric Heisig, cleveland.com, "Appeals judges issue pun-filled ruling in case where Lorain woman said flushable kitty litter clogged septic tank," 6 Sep. 2019 The city has also expressed interest in a future bypass around Dayton and is determined to get on the radar with a project with the county and the Houston-Galveston Area Council. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Dayton leaders prepare city for coming growth," 6 Sep. 2019 The Trump administration is negotiating the current deal with the Taliban, and Trump has often expressed his desire to leave the Afghan war. David French, National Review, "The Terrible Dilemma at the Heart of American Policy in Afghanistan and Syria," 3 Sep. 2019 There's hope that the brouhaha—in which Trump expressed a desire to buy Greenland from Denmark, and Denmark rebuffed the offer—will also translate to an increase in U.S. visitors to the self-governing region. Katherine Dunn, Fortune, "In Greenland, Trump’s Unsolicited Interest Is Raising Hopes for a Tourism Boom," 23 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of express

Adjective

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

Adverb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1619, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

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

History and Etymology for express

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

Verb

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

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More Definitions for express

express

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of express

 (Entry 1 of 4)

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

express

adverb

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

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

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

verb

English Language Learners Definition of express (Entry 4 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

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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