Definition of expression in English:

expression

noun

mass noun
  • 1The action of making known one's thoughts or feelings.

    ‘the prisoners developed a dialect as an everyday means of expression’
    count noun ‘she accepted his expressions of sympathy’
    • ‘Our culture tends to block and suppress the healthy expression of deep emotions.’
    • ‘Anger is one of those emotions whose expression is sometimes subject to taboos, so people can grow up unable to recognize it.’
    • ‘His life shows that his unruly spirit found expression, joy, and satisfaction in scientific thinking and creation.’
    • ‘This sense of failure in turn leads to the expression of impatience and anger toward the bereaved person.’
    • ‘The shift found expression in the political culture of the New Deal.’
    • ‘In the process, boys learn to repress emotion and inhibit the expression of personal feelings.’
    • ‘Needless to say, Haines has one or two grievances, and he's never been afraid to use his music to give them expression.’
    • ‘Rather, all this, in my opinion, is an expression of contempt for our environment and against the people in Galgate and Ellel.’
    • ‘Is it enough to consider the artifact as evidence of the problem solved, as an expression of the idea revealed?’
    • ‘The theme Positive Emotionality was characterized by young fathers' positive expressions of emotions about their children.’
    • ‘This was the first expression of emotion Katrina had witnessed from Mara, so she stood there shocked.’
    • ‘For the modernist artist or writer, intellect had become a barrier to creativity and the expression of human emotion.’
    • ‘He recognized the genuineness of her emotion and her expression of it, and changed as a result.’
    • ‘These words and actions were expressions of a deep unionist siege mentality and fear of being overrun.’
    • ‘For example, women may be more likely to seek out support groups or develop other areas for expression, such as writing.’
    • ‘It will teach you how to pinpoint the specific language she speaks and interprets as expression of love.’
    • ‘It found expression in ruthless exclusivism and hegemony.’
    • ‘The bipartisan contempt for the needs of the working class also found expression in the reaction to the mayor's latest housing proposals.’
    • ‘It's as if everything inside me has found expression all at once.’
    • ‘Posts are written as a true expression of one's thoughts at the time.’
    utterance, uttering, voicing, pronouncement, declaration, articulation, verbalization, statement, proclamation, assertion, announcement, setting forth, venting, mouthing
    indication, intimation, demonstration, show, exhibition, manifestation, token
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    1. 1.1 The conveying of feeling in a work of art or in the performance of a piece of music.
      ‘the testimony of musicians who worked with him proves that his overwhelming concern was with expression’
      • ‘They may recall traditional forms or be of modern artistic expression.’
      • ‘Music is expression of divine melody, the same with the poetry.’
      • ‘For anyone who cares about music or artistic expression these presentations are riveting.’
      • ‘She is also interested in other forms of expression like dance, music and theatre.’
      • ‘Similar to the way that dance relies to a great extent on music for rhythm and expression, dance in this piece wouldn't work without the set.’
      • ‘It is used to give a vibrant and colourful expression to a variety of floral subjects painted in conventional and abstract settings.’
      • ‘They turned the building into a workshop of activity, including meetings, music and other forms of political and artistic expression.’
      • ‘It really opened my eyes to new forms of expression in hip-hop music.’
      • ‘To a degree, the Fodor reminds me of Hummel in terms of variety of expression and overall musical fecundity.’
      • ‘There may be a direct link between physical movement and rhythmical expression in music.’
      • ‘Now I must try to devote more of my attention to the level of musical growth and expression in my students' performances.’
      • ‘Accorded with special multimedia installations, the musical programme aims at paying homage to artistic expression.’
      • ‘Folk music has often given form and expression to working communities needs and desires.’
      • ‘Ask any musician and they will tell you that music is about expression and conveying emotion.’
      • ‘The other part of the exhibition features the contemporary artistic expression of Greenlandic graphic art.’
      • ‘In many traditions, dance has always been as much a part of religious expression and experience as music.’
      • ‘Puppets have been a sophisticated means of artistic expression, communication and instruction for a very long time.’
      • ‘It's not afraid to approach the body as a source of story, not over-intellectualizing yet still able to convey mood and expression.’
      • ‘The performances gain from free expression and improvisation and Soderbergh's habit of shooting in single takes.’
      • ‘She is not content with this; she wishes to put sentiment, expression, into the music.’
      diction, style, choice of words, turn of phrase, wording, phrasing, phraseology, language
      emotion, feeling, passion, intensity, poignancy
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  • 2count noun A look on someone's face that conveys a particular emotion.

    ‘a sad expression’
    • ‘Harold's pained expression changed rapidly to one of anger.’
    • ‘Walter sat and watched Richard's pensive face as he read, which eventually led to an expression of horror and fury.’
    • ‘The realization that Kenny went with the girls soon set in and his mother's expression turned to worry.’
    • ‘When he came back to our room he wore a pained expression on his face.’
    • ‘The girl's expression turned from grief to anger yet again.’
    • ‘His expression hardened and he met her golden gaze with a crystalline blue one.’
    • ‘Trent rolled his eyes but smiled when he saw Ally's puzzled facial expression.’
    • ‘The man's apologetic expression melted into recognition.’
    • ‘Noticing her worried expression, the new boy walked up to her.’
    • ‘Even Reagan had a puzzled expression upon her face.’
    • ‘His puzzled expression changed quickly to a grin.’
    • ‘I spotted my friends at our usual table with perplexed expressions upon their faces.’
    • ‘Her sobs died away, her pained expression softening.’
    • ‘The man's expression betrayed an undercurrent of suspicion and mistrust.’
    • ‘Miguel saw her happy facial expression falter and knew something was up.’
    • ‘His father's stern expression melts away, and a smile forms on his face too.’
    • ‘Mother's expression brightened when she saw Michael.’
    • ‘His dark eyes were pleased with the expression of horror written on her face.’
    • ‘He could see the shocked expression in her eyes turn to hurt.’
    • ‘Jade nodded with a contemplative expression and led him down to the lower floors.’
    look, appearance, air, manner, bearing, countenance, guise, cast, aspect, impression
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  • 3count noun A word or phrase, especially an idiomatic one, used to convey an idea.

    ‘we have an expression, ‘You don't get owt for nowt.’’
    • ‘Whenever I used new words and expressions in my poems, my teacher would ask where I learnt them from.’
    • ‘Spurred by fashion, an increasing number opt to sprinkle our daily Bahasa Indonesia with foreign words and expressions.’
    • ‘It might not be a bad idea to review your own favorite phrases and expressions occasionally and replace them with fresh variations.’
    • ‘They converse in strange tongues, using words and expressions that are totally alien to me.’
    • ‘It also contains one of the most comprehensive glossaries of local words and expressions to be found outside specialist books.’
    • ‘To increase the bamboozling affect I like to throw in words and expressions I hardly ever used when living in Australia.’
    • ‘Everyday we receive more than 200 words and expressions, some of them are even disappearing phrases.’
    • ‘The first two are internal, one with simple word stems and the other with complex or idiomatic expressions.’
    • ‘Linking r, common in many non-rhotic dialects of English, occurs in New England in expressions like the idea/r of it.’
    • ‘What about all those words and expressions that are absolutely untranslatable?’
    • ‘I had asked him for permission to proceed, as I need to consult with him in matters of expressions and code words used by teens.’
    • ‘She loves interesting expressions, intriguing phrases and gets very excited when I describe a character in the book as a diamond geezer.’
    • ‘His stated object was to remove from the works ‘only those words and expressions which cannot with propriety be read aloud in a family’.’
    • ‘He has a thing for knock-knock jokes with no punch line and often misuses words and expressions.’
    • ‘In other words they are expressions that generally need explanations to be understood.’
    • ‘Mother had other words and expressions that I have never heard used by anyone else.’
    • ‘As a result, many of the phrases and expressions were translated into something very different in the subtitles or dubbing.’
    • ‘We all start out using the simplest expressions and watch our phrases become increasingly more precise.’
    • ‘The emphasis is on learning simple words and expressions while building vocabulary rather than grammar.’
    • ‘He scatters his French with convenient English words and expressions and has an infectious humour which translates well.’
    idiom, phrase, idiomatic expression, set phrase
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    1. 3.1Mathematics A collection of symbols that jointly express a quantity.
      ‘the expression for the circumference of a circle is 2πr’
      • ‘The function is also most often described using a formula, in the form of an algebraic expression.’
      • ‘These calculations not only involved difficult mathematical expressions but also dealt with heavy arithmetical calculations.’
      • ‘The first book studies generating functions and also approximations to various expressions occurring in probability theory.’
      • ‘Napier also found exponential expressions for trigonometric functions, and introduced the decimal notation for fractions.’
      • ‘Since the algebraic expressions for the roots z are rather complicated, we use numerical approximations from here on.’
  • 4The production of something by pressing it out.

    ‘essential oils obtained by distillation or expression’
    squeezing, pressing, wringing, forcing out, extraction, extracting
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  • 5Genetics
    The appearance in a phenotype of a characteristic or effect attributed to a particular gene.

    ‘expression of the TAT gene is restricted to the parenchymal cells’
    • ‘As gene frequencies change, natural selection acts on the outcome, the expression of those genes.’
    • ‘All six genes putatively involved in biosynthetic processes have detectable expression.’
    • ‘It is thought to be a multigene dominant condition with variable phenotypic expression.’
    • ‘These two genes are both thought to be very important in the expression of the malignant phenotype.’
    • ‘Recent data has shown that women can have full phenotypic expression of HH, including cirrhosis.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin expressio(n-), from exprimere ‘press out, express’. Compare with express.

Pronunciation

expression

/ɛkˈsprɛʃ(ə)n//ɪkˈsprɛʃ(ə)n/