verb (used with object)
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 as H 2 O; 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. (of a gene) to be active in the production of (a protein or a phenotype).
clearly indicated; distinctly stated; definite; explicit; plain: He defied my express command.
special; definite: We have an express purpose in being here.
direct or fast, especially making few or no intermediate stops: an express train; an express elevator.
used 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.
an express train, bus, elevator, etc.
a 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.
a company engaged in this business.
British. a messenger or a message specially sent.
something sent by express.
by express: to travel express.
Obsolete, expressly.

1275–1325; Middle English expressen < Latin expressus (past participle of exprimere). See ex-1, press1

expresser, expressor, noun
expressible, adjective
expressless, adjective
overexpress, verb (used with object)
preexpress, verb (used with object)
quasi-expressed, adjective
reexpress, verb (used with object)
superexpress, noun
unexpressible, adjective
well-expressed, adjective

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. Unabridged
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express (ɪkˈsprɛs)
1.  to transform (ideas) into words; utter; verbalize
2.  to show or reveal; indicate: tears express grief
3.  to communicate (emotion, etc) without words, as through music, painting, etc
4.  to indicate through a symbol, formula, etc
5.  to force or squeeze out: to express the juice from an orange
6.  to send by rapid transport or special messenger
7.  express oneself to communicate one's thoughts or ideas
8.  clearly indicated or shown; explicitly stated: an express wish
9.  done or planned for a definite reason or goal; particular: an express purpose
10.  of, concerned with, or designed for rapid transportation of people, merchandise, mail, money, etc: express delivery; an express depot
11.  a.  a system for sending merchandise, mail, money, etc, rapidly
 b.  merchandise, mail, etc, conveyed by such a system
 c.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) an enterprise operating such a system
12.  Also called: express train a fast train stopping at none or only a few of the intermediate stations between its two termini
13.  See express rifle
14.  by means of a special delivery or express delivery: it went express
[C14: from Latin expressus, literally: squeezed out, hence, prominent, from exprimere to force out, from ex-1 + premere to press]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from M.L. expressare, freq. of exprimere "represent, describe," lit. "to press out" (perhaps via an intermediary sense of something like "clay that takes form under pressure"), from ex- "out" + pressare "to press, push," from L. primere. The adj. is from L. expressus "clearly presented," pp.
of exprimere; and it led to the n. (first attested 1619) meaning "special messenger." Sense of "business or system for sending money or parcels" is 1794. Related: Expressed; expresses; expressing. An express train (1841) originally ran to a certain station.
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Medical Dictionary

express ex·press (ĭk-sprěs')
v. ex·pressed, ex·press·ing, ex·press·es

  1. To press or squeeze out.

  2. To produce a phenotype. Used of a gene.

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Computing Dictionary

Express definition

1. A language supporting concurrency through message passing to named message queues from ParaSoft Corporation
2. Data definition language, meant to become an ISO standard for product data representation and exchange. TC 184/SC4 N83, ISO, 1991-05-31. E-mail: .
3. A data modelling language adopted by the ISO working group on STEP.
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Example sentences
Literary writing justifiably demands that the language do more, express more.
Let us express our envy for the man with a steady job and no worry about the
When you return to the table, you may express regret and shock that the tab has
  been handled.
Just as a picture is worth a thousand words, our faces can express a wealth of
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