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[ik-spres] /ɪkˈsprɛs/
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.
Origin of express
1275-1325; Middle English expressen < Latin expressus (past participle of exprimere). See ex-1, press1
Related forms
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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  • Just as a picture is worth a thousand words, our faces can express a wealth of information.
  • No two individuals express leadership in the same way.
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  • Digging even further in, we express ourselves metaphorically.
  • Dogs vocalize with each other to convey emotions—and they express their emotions by varying their tones, he says.
British Dictionary definitions for express


verb (transitive)
to transform (ideas) into words; utter; verbalize
to show or reveal; indicate: tears express grief
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
to send by rapid transport or special messenger
express oneself, to communicate one's thoughts or ideas
adjective (prenominal)
clearly indicated or shown; explicitly stated: an express wish
done or planned for a definite reason or goal; particular: an express purpose
of, concerned with, or designed for rapid transportation of people, merchandise, mail, money, etc: express delivery, an express depot
  1. a system for sending merchandise, mail, money, etc, rapidly
  2. merchandise, mail, etc, conveyed by such a system
  3. (mainly 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
by means of a special delivery or express delivery: it went express
Derived Forms
expresser, noun
expressible, adjective
Word Origin
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 and History for express

late 14c., from Old French espresser "press, squeeze out; speak one's mind" (Modern French exprimer), Medieval Latin expressare, frequentative of exprimere "represent, describe," literally "to press out" (source of Italian espresso; the sense evolution here is perhaps via an intermediary sense of something like "clay that takes under pressure takes the form of an image"), from ex- "out" (see ex-) + pressare "to press, push," from Latin premere (see press (v.1)). Related: Expressed; expresses; expressing.


late 14c., from Old French expres, from Latin expressus "clearly presented," past participle of exprimere (see express (v.)). This led to the noun (first attested 1610s) meaning "special messenger." Sense of "business or system for sending money or parcels" is 1794. An express train (1841) originally ran to a certain station.

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express in Medicine

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.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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express in Technology

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.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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