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1 an act, process, or means of putting something into words
  • the poem is his expression of his grief upon the loss of his beloved wife

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2 facial appearance regarded as an indication of mood or feeling
  • we could tell by the fans' expressions that the Chicago Cubs had lost again

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3 a pronounceable series of letters having a distinct meaning especially in a particular field
  • the expression "John Doe" is used in legal proceedings to refer to a person whose actual name is either unknown or being withheld from the public

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4 a sequence of words having a specific meaning
  • the popular expression "raining cats and dogs" is meaningless in other languages

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The first known use of expression was in the 15th century

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“Expression.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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