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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
ex•press /ɪkˈsprɛs/USA pronunciation v. [~ + object]
to put into words:to express an idea.
to show; reveal:She expressed her anger.
to communicate one's opinions or feelings[~ + oneself]He expressed himself eloquently.
to represent by a symbol, figure, or formula:to express water as H2O.
adj. [before a noun]
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- clearly indicated; explicit:She defied her parents' express command.
definite:It was her express purpose not to get emotional.
- direct or fast, esp. making few or no intermediate stops:an express train.
- sent faster than ordinary mail:express mail.
- Transport an express vehicle[countable]The express whipped through the station.
- Transportby express:to travel express.
(ik spres′), v.t.
- to put (thought) into words;
utter or state:to express an idea clearly.
- to show, manifest, or reveal:to express one's anger.
- to set forth the opinions, feelings, etc., of (oneself ), as in speaking, writing, or painting:He can express himself eloquently.
- to represent by a symbol, character, figure, or formula:to express water asH2O; to express unknown quantities algebraically.
- to send by express:to express a package or merchandise.
- to press or squeeze out:to express the juice of grapes.
- to exude or emit (a liquid, odor, etc.), as if under pressure:The roses expressed a sweet perfume.
- Genetics[Genetics.](of a gene) to be active in the production of (a protein or a phenotype).
- clearly indicated; distinctly stated;
plain:He defied my express command.
definite:We have an express purpose in being here.
- direct or fast, esp. making few or no intermediate stops:an express train; an express elevator.
- Transportused for direct or high-speed travel:an express highway.
- duly or exactly formed or represented:an express image.
- pertaining to an express:an express agency.
- Transportan express train, bus, elevator, etc.
- Businessa system or method of sending freight, parcels, money, etc., that is faster and safer, but more expensive, than ordinary freight service:We agree to send the package by express.
- Businessa company engaged in this business.
- British Terms[Brit.]a messenger or a message specially sent.
- something sent by express.
- Transportby express:to travel express.
ex•press′er, ex•pres′sor, n.
1 . declare, word, formulate. 2 . indicate. 4 . designate, signify, denote. 9 . obvious, unambiguous. 10 . particular, singular. 11 . swift, rapid, nonstop. 13 . accurate, precise. 16 . courier.
2 . conceal.
- Latin expressus (past participle of exprimere). See ex-1, press1
- Middle English expressen 1275–1325
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
express /ɪkˈsprɛs/ vb (transitive)
- to transform (ideas) into words; utter; verbalize
- to show or reveal; indicate
- to communicate (emotion, etc) without words, as through music, painting, etc
- to indicate through a symbol, formula, etc
- to force or squeeze out: to express the juice from an orange
- express oneself ⇒ to communicate one's thoughts or ideas
- clearly indicated or shown; explicitly stated
- done or planned for a definite reason or goal; particular
- of, concerned with, or designed for rapid transportation of people, merchandise, mail, money, etc: express delivery, an express depot
- a system for sending merchandise, mail, money, etc, rapidly
- merchandise, mail, etc, conveyed by such a system
- chiefly US Canadian an enterprise operating such a system
- Also called: express train a fast train stopping at none or only a few of the intermediate stations between its two termini
Etymology: 14th Century: from Latin expressus, literally: squeezed out, hence, prominent, from exprimere to force out, from ex-1 + premere to pressexˈpresser n exˈpressible adj
- by means of a special delivery or express delivery
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