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1 to make known (as an idea, emotion, or opinion)
  • in a true democracy, a person can freely express his or her views

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2 to apply external pressure on so as to force out the juice or contents of
  • except as a fun event at festivals, nowadays people do not make wine by expressing grapes with their feet

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3 to communicate or convey (as an idea) to the mind
  • an upraised thumb is now universally recognized as a gesture expressing approval or encouragement

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4 to convey in appropriate or telling terms
  • could you express your opinion of the book in words a little more precise than "lousy"?

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5 to represent in visible form
  • towering spires express in glass and steel the optimism of the age

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  • disembody



Synonyms & Antonyms of express (Entry 2 of 3)

1 of a particular or exact sort
  • a trip to the supermarket with the express purpose of buying milk

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2 so clearly expressed as to leave no doubt about the meaning
  • students are not allowed to leave the grounds during school hours unless they have express permission from the principal's office

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Synonyms of express (Entry 3 of 3)

one that carries a message or does an errand
  • the solicitors employ an express to deliver their summonses

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How is the word express distinct from other similar verbs?

Some common synonyms of express are air, broach, utter, vent, and voice. While all these words 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

When is air a more appropriate choice than express?

In some situations, the words air and express are roughly equivalent. However, air implies an exposing or parading of one's views often in order to gain relief or sympathy or attention.

publicly airing their differences

When would broach be a good substitute for express?

The meanings of broach and express largely overlap; however, 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

In what contexts can utter take the place of express?

While in some cases nearly identical to express, utter implies the use of the voice not necessarily in articulate speech.

utter a groan

When can vent be used instead of express?

The words vent and express can be used in similar contexts, but vent stresses a strong inner compulsion to express especially in words.

a tirade venting his frustration

Where would voice be a reasonable alternative to express?

The synonyms voice and express are sometimes interchangeable, but voice does not necessarily imply vocal utterance but does imply expression or formulation in words.

an editorial voicing their concerns

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The first known use of express was in the 14th century

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28 May 2020

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“Express.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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