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 President Donald Trump is already expressing impatience with his own guidance against gatherings of more than 10 people for the next 15 days. Rich Lowry, National Review, "This Is Not Sustainable," 24 Mar. 2020 The president was not beyond expressing himself with typical Trumpian flourishes. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "Coronavirus forces Trump to rely on the elite Washington establishment he was elected by vilifying," 23 Mar. 2020 But even as Trump stressed federal-local partnerships, some governors, including Republican Greg Abbott of Texas, expressed unhappiness with Washington's response. Andrew Taylor, Jonathan Lemire, Lisa Mascaro, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump appears to waffle on 15-day national shutdown as Congress battles over aid package," 23 Mar. 2020 In fact, several hours later, when the test site was cancelled, many people expressed their disappointment and strongly urged Stevenson to reconsider on the Darien Times Facebook page. Sandra Diamond Fox, Houston Chronicle, "Twitter slams CT town for cancelling coronavirus test site after neighbor complains," 20 Mar. 2020 Unlike the response to the Great Recession in 2008-2009, few lawmakers are expressing concerns about adding to the annual budget deficits, which were already heading well above $1 trillion. Steven T. Dennis, Fortune, "Trump signs coronavirus relief package into law, providing paid sick leave, free testing," 18 Mar. 2020 Demi, expressed her regret for not being their for Miley during that time. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Miley Cyrus Admits to Demi Lovato That She Didn't Wear a Bikini "For Like Two Years" After 2013 VMA Performance," 18 Mar. 2020 Some time later, host Chris Harrison convinced Prewett to get on a plane and express her true feelings to Weber. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, "The Bachelor’s Peter Weber and Madison Prewett Were Reportedly ‘Never Really Back Together’," 18 Mar. 2020 In fact, a majority of the three-judge panel expressed grave skepticism about such claims by the president. Kirsten Carlson, The Conversation, "Reports of the death of congressional oversight are greatly exaggerated," 17 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Drunk driving, speeding, auto towed: I-271 A Northfield man, 61, was stopped shortly before 1 a.m. on Feb. 20 when police clocked his Dodge Ram pickup truck going 81 mph in the northbound express lanes. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Ex-store janitor syncs bike theft with Pinecrest bus schedule: Orange Police Blotter," 28 Feb. 2020 Protest is the traditional way that Hong Kongers, who do not have full voting rights, express discontent. Zeynep Tufekci, The Atlantic, "How the Coronavirus Revealed Authoritarianism’s Fatal Flaw," 22 Feb. 2020 Long gaps have to be left between slow and express trains. The Economist, "Investing in rail Why HS2 should go ahead," 6 Feb. 2020 Six local and three express bus lines — two to downtown Minneapolis and one to downtown St. Paul — are routed through the hub on weekdays. Nick Ferraro, Twin Cities, "Northtown Mall wants to move its transit hub. Why neighbors of the center are objecting.," 3 Nov. 2019 Some say the darkness is behind them, others address efforts to stay on top of continuing struggles, but all express gratitude that their lives have gone on. Jeff Truesdell,, "This Survivor Works to End the Stigma for Those Who Try to Kill Themselves," 17 Oct. 2019 The project calls for existing lanes to be rebuilt, and toll express lanes added, at a total estimated cost of $762 million. Gordon Dickson, star-telegram, "Texans are sick of toll lanes and the backlash is delaying Fort Worth’s I-35W project," 23 Jan. 2018 This was politics as politics ought to be: people in conversation, engaged in learning about one another, with the express purpose of forging better ways of living together on the planet. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "The Innocuous Story of Bernie Sanders’s Trip to Russia," 6 Mar. 2020 According to police, an SUV traveling in the 800 block of West Airport Freeway between Industrial Boulevard and Main Street hit the car, which had stalled in an express lane. Loyd Brumfield, Dallas News, "4-year-old Lancaster boy killed in car crash in Euless, police say," 25 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Cafe MeSo Located inside the Marriott Phoenix Chandler, the daily lunch express special is designed to get diners in and out quickly. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "17 restaurants for great lunch deals in metro Phoenix," 28 Feb. 2020 Ambulance and police services were called to Wallan, a rural town 30 miles north of Melbourne, on Thursday evening where five carriages of a long-distance express passenger train had left the tracks. Isabella Kwai, New York Times, "2 Dead After Sydney to Melbourne Train Derails in Australia," 20 Feb. 2020 Children living at Hephzibah participated in a dance express show with Staley, and practiced their passing, running and kicking skills with the Bears alumni. Steve Schering,, "‘We could not be more thrilled’: Chicago Bears donate $100,000 to Oak Park’s Hephzibah Home," 28 Oct. 2019 The same research found that express or instant delivery isn’t as popular in the City of Lights as in, say, Manhattan, but more than one in two online shoppers in both cities want their stuff shipped right to their doorsteps. Aarian Marshall, Wired, "In Paris, Ecommerce Warehouses Get a Chic Makeover," 18 Jan. 2020 Fifth Avenue, a one-way street heading south, has four traffic lanes, including two that are dedicated to the 1,300 express and local buses that run every weekday. Andrea Salcedo, New York Times, "To Help Holiday Crowds, New York to Close Streets Near Rockefeller Center," 22 Nov. 2019 Crate & Barrel Order by December 19 at 5 p.m. CT for standard shipping, December 20 at 5 p.m. CT for premium shipping, or December 22 by 5 p.m CT for express shipping. Isabelle Kagan, USA TODAY, "Here are all of the major retailers that will still deliver gifts before Christmas," 19 Dec. 2019 Travel was expected to be severely limited between French cities Friday, with nine out of 10 high-speed trains and seven out of 10 regional express trains canceled., "PARIS — Angry railway employees, teachers, and other workers in France showed no signs of backing down from a nationwide strike Friday, having brought public transportation to a standstill in a protest over President Emmanuel Macron’s plans to overhaul the nation’s pension system.," 7 Dec. 2019 The court was considering for a second time whether relatives of foreign victims injured on foreign soil can go to court without express authorization from Congress. Washington Post, "Supreme Court seems wary of allowing families of slain Mexican teens to sue U.S. border agents," 12 Nov. 2019 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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“Express.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 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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