Main definitions of express in English

: express1express2express3

express1

verb

[with object]
  • 1Convey (a thought or feeling) in words or by gestures and conduct.

    ‘he expressed complete satisfaction’
    • ‘Children have to be taught that when they are angry, or just want something, they should not bite, kick, or hit, but rather express their feelings through words.’
    • ‘Again, I do not have the words to understand nor express the feelings and emotions you have endured since this began.’
    • ‘As both a teacher and parent I concur with the sentiments expressed in the article concerning school exams.’
    • ‘Respondents expressed dissatisfaction with public services from schools to transit.’
    • ‘The committee members also expressed their appreciation of the work carried out by the staff in St. Finan's.’
    • ‘One common perception expressed by the workshop participants is that many people resist new approaches or ideas.’
    • ‘I share the disappointment expressed by other members.’
    • ‘Still, I continue to hear from people who express their gratitude for my work here.’
    • ‘Action and feeling are expressed through gesture and movement, the meaning of which is usually very clear.’
    • ‘Ministers and officials have privately expressed the view that a bird flu pandemic poses a greater threat than terrorism.’
    • ‘And there's hundreds of other people who've also expressed their condolences.’
    • ‘Be sympathetic and ready to listen - when your child's upset, explain to him how to express negative feelings using words.’
    • ‘Things were not uncomplicated and she could not freely express what she felt for her Prince.’
    • ‘"We live in a free society where we can openly express our opinions," Owens said.’
    • ‘I remember being so frustrated at not having the words to express my feeling of loss.’
    • ‘The remaining 32 participants expressed varying degrees of negative feelings about how society views them.’
    • ‘I have only 600 words with which to express my thoughts and feelings about Lady Sofia, as I like to call the capital city, and Bulgaria in general.’
    • ‘I am trying to find the right words that would express my feelings in an intelligent, courteous manner.’
    • ‘I am very sorry to see that using words to express thoughts should be considered criminal.’
    • ‘Disappointment was expressed at the meeting about the poor response to the branches survey from the young people.’
    communicate, convey, indicate, show, demonstrate, reveal, intimate, manifest, make manifest, exhibit, evidence, put across, put over, get across, get over
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    1. 1.1express oneself Say what one thinks or means.
      ‘with a diplomatic smile, she expressed herself more subtly’
      • ‘Getting where they're coming from will probably deflate your anger, so you'll have a better chance of expressing yourself in a way that lets them truly hear you.’
      • ‘You are good at working and interacting with people, expressing yourself creatively in any situation and a wizard at buying, selling or trading.’
      • ‘The antagonists to this week's convention are expressing themselves outside of the official proceedings.’
      • ‘Letters are great for expressing yourself in bad times, as you don't have to talk to people directly but you can still say what you want and get your message across!’
      • ‘Students found others ways of expressing themselves.’
      • ‘We only want to support artists in expressing themselves.’
      • ‘In the end, if you're writing, you're expressing yourself, and you're helping other people to express themselves by your example.’
      • ‘They were all over the television innumerable times and they were expressing themselves and revealing some of their policies and more of their personalities.’
      • ‘Like e-mail, it is dividing the world into two unequal classes: people who feel comfortable expressing themselves through the written word and people who don't.’
      • ‘‘I like it,’ she says, ‘because it's another way of expressing yourself.’’
      • ‘It's all about music in the end, a way of expressing yourself, which we humans have been doing for thousands of years.’
      • ‘They helped each other both as crew and in class discussions as they brainstormed their ideas and talked about techniques for expressing themselves.’
      • ‘Kids at one Connecticut school don't like a new rule, but you probably won't hear them expressing themselves by using profanity: the rule to keep kids from cussing.’
      • ‘The critical point to recognize here is that elections provide the people a means of expressing themselves.’
      • ‘He was the first person to teach me that expressing yourself through writing, music, painting or acting was something to be treasured.’
      • ‘You're just expressing yourself as best and as well as you can.’
      • ‘The festival celebrates creativity in older age and aims to get older people involved through arts and active participation in expressing themselves through the arts.’
      • ‘Join a debate club or summer theater so you can get comfortable expressing yourself.’
      • ‘Even though there are tons of skaters from all over the world it's really about individually expressing yourself.’
      • ‘The genuine best thing is that reading expands your mind, introduces you to new words and new ways of expressing yourself and it actively engages your imagination.’
      communicate one's opinions, communicate one's thoughts, communicate one's views, put thoughts into words, speak one's mind, say one's piece, say what's on one's mind
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    2. 1.2Mathematics Represent (a number, relation, or property) by a figure, symbol, or formula.
      ‘constants can be expressed in terms of the Fourier transform’
      • ‘On 4 November 1833 Hamilton read a paper to the Royal Irish Academy expressing complex numbers as algebraic couples, or ordered pairs of real numbers.’
      • ‘Do you know how to express a number as the product of its prime factors?’
      • ‘He stated, without proof, that it would take the sum of at most nine cubes or 19 fourth powers to express any whole number.’
      • ‘Johnson viewed probability as expressing logical relations between evidence propositions and hypothesis propositions.’
      • ‘If we can express a square number also as the sum of two other square numbers then Pythagoras' Theorem tells us that we have three sides of a right-angled triangle.’
  • 2Squeeze out (liquid or air).

    • ‘I still need to express milk every 2-3 hours as the hungry Wolf is still not latching.’
    • ‘It's like squeezing a cow's teat to express milk.’
    • ‘The bank has designated rooms for mothers to express milk, and offers up to 20 days per year emergency childcare at a nearby nursery.’
    • ‘Often a woman returning to work and wishing to breast feed her baby has no place where she can sit and express her milk.’
    • ‘It will also help to express milk to keep your breast well-drained.’
    • ‘Bake the fresh garlic in a medium oven, baste with olive oil, put some fresh thyme underneath and after one hour express the squidgy contents on to fresh rolls.’
    • ‘It was an old-fashioned mill for grinding linseed, expressing the oil, and making oil-cake.’
    • ‘I am forced to express a bit of milk and take Nurofen for the pain.’
    • ‘Some new mothers think that expressing milk is an arduous task.’
    • ‘A workingwoman may want to express her milk and ask the caretaker to feed it to the child, but those looking after the baby do not seem to agree with this concept.’
    squeeze out, press out, wring out, force out, extract, expel
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  • 3Genetics
    Cause (an inherited characteristic or gene) to appear in a phenotype.

    • ‘This can be achieved by a reverse genetics approach, by expressing the gene in sense or antisense orientation.’
    • ‘Most retroviral env genes are expressed from a spliced, subgenomic transcript.’
    • ‘Scientists are working at adding value to crops by inserting genes which will express a particular trait under controlled conditions.’
    • ‘The genes are expressed in a variety of tissues including the intestine, the hypodermis, the head, and the vulva.’
    • ‘The phenotypes of cells expressing alleles that lacked all or most of the amino terminus were indistinguishable from those of rrm3 cells.’
    • ‘However, the same gene is sometimes differentially expressed in seemingly equivalent cells.’

Origin

Late Middle English (also in the sense ‘press out, obtain by squeezing’, used figuratively to mean ‘extort’): from Old French expresser, based on Latin ex- ‘out’ + pressare ‘to press’.

Pronunciation

express

/ikˈspres//ɪkˈsprɛs/

Main definitions of express in English

: express1express2express3

express2

adjective

  • 1Operating at high speed.

    ‘express elevators take you directly to the eighth floor’
    • ‘The tailgate can be operated one of three ways - the express button on the dash, a key in the tailgate or by a button on the key fob.’
    • ‘There are no roads and it can only be reached by light aircraft or a two-hour express boat ride from the nearest large town.’
    • ‘And it wouldn't have to be a massive rail system - even a dedicated express bus lane would be fine.’
    • ‘After a successful test-run, similar express auto services will soon be attached to some of the company's to-be-opened gas stations along the highway, Chan added.’
    • ‘For example, they may think sending a couple of orders every day by overnight express delivery only costs a few bucks.’
    • ‘We suggest you promptly telephone home and get the wife to dispatch your spare set by express overseas delivery.’
    • ‘TNT's express and logistics operations will be at the forefront of the development.’
    • ‘Generally, sellers specify the cost of shipping the item and give buyers the option of express delivery for an additional fee.’
    • ‘Anyone fancy starting a cheap express bus service to Manchester?’
    • ‘Apart from operating cargo and express flights, the company also operates chartered flights.’
    • ‘When payments had been made, the dealers sent the orders to the buyers in Taiwan by prompt or express delivery.’
    • ‘There is an extensive air, train and bus network across Korea, and express bus services from Incheon International Airport to most of the cities hosting World Cup football.’
    • ‘For more information on the Passport express service, call during business hours.’
    • ‘In July, I sent a package via express mail to India.’
    • ‘Add $20 for regular shipping and handling or $35 for express delivery.’
    • ‘Others would turn themselves into express bus routes.’
    • ‘According to the company, it has a seven per cent share of the premium express delivery market in Britain.’
    • ‘An express ferry service between St Lucia, Martinique, Dominica and Guadalupe could be used as an alternative to local flights.’
    • ‘The company is like the panicky old woman wondering how she lost a penny in her purse while giving exact change in the express line at the grocery store.’
    • ‘At this time, the postal express service was also established to circumvent theft.’
    rapid, swift, fast, quick, speedy, high-speed, brisk, flying, prompt, expeditious
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    1. 1.1 (of a train or other vehicle of public transportation) making few intermediate stops and reaching its destination quickly.
      ‘an express train bound for Innsbruck’
      ‘express bus service’
      ‘an express elevator’
      • ‘The pair get into the express elevator, and are quickly deposited onto the upper floor of the apartment complex.’
      • ‘You would you take an express elevator to a sky lobby and then switch to a local.’
      • ‘Why bother when there are already several express buses that run non-stop from downtown to the airport?’
      • ‘The company runs the TransPennine express service from Blackpool North to Scarborough, which stops at Blackburn, Burnley and Accrington.’
      • ‘In 1872, a pressman for The Providence Journal turned an old express wagon into an eatery, thus creating the first diner.’
      • ‘The express cars were moved by a switcher from the siding southward via the main track, and they were added to the rear of the New York section.’
      • ‘Nonusers of the HOV lanes also benefit from this project because revenues are used to support the operation of a new express bus service.’
      • ‘The group now carries more than 950 million passengers a year worldwide on its bus, train, tram, express coach and airport networks.’
      • ‘They walked to the express elevator that went directly to the dormitory, stopping at another desk with a wall covered with keys.’
      • ‘From Masan, I took the express bus to Seoul and just within five hours I was in the Central Bus Terminal of the impressive capital of modern Korea.’
      • ‘The Bangkok authorities have drawn up plans to build trams, to run new express buses, and to extend the elevated train routes.’
      • ‘We were in an express bus that did not stop anywhere after a particular point.’
      • ‘This would add running time to the route, potentially jeopardizing the number of riders, who might opt to take a faster express bus instead.’
      • ‘Now if only we could get the express train to run a little faster.’
      • ‘The whole thing cascades from an upraised hand at top: drops and stops like an express elevator.’
      • ‘She described two kinds of buses: The express bus, which goes straight to the final destination, and the local bus that stops often.’
      • ‘The obvious sensible solution would be to invest in some express buses.’
      • ‘The distinctive blue and yellow 94-seat Megabus vehicles carry almost twice as many passengers as a traditional express coach.’
      • ‘The train consisted of an express car, a combination baggage/passenger car, two coaches, a diner, and three sleeping cars.’
      • ‘An express train to Narita International Airport is now arriving on platform 1.’
    2. 1.2 Denoting a service in which letters or packages are delivered by a special service to ensure speed or security.
      ‘an express letter’
      ‘an express airmail service’
      • ‘He also points out that fusion has become all too easy to attempt with the advent of overnight express mail.’
      • ‘HF asks how much it costs to send an express delivery letter to Europe by private courier, thus avoiding the vagaries of the Thai postal system.’
      • ‘He had planned to be unloaded with the money and himself concealed in two express delivery boxes, which accomplices would have smuggled out of the airport.’
      • ‘This works in the same manner as checking a commercially sent express package.’
      • ‘Donors were supplied with polling information; we mailed certified letters and express mail packages as well as highly personal appeals from Jim and his family.’
      • ‘The cargo operator expects to handle about 160,000 tonnes of express cargo a year.’
      • ‘Thinking that I should tell my mother in Tokyo the good news immediately, I decided to send an express delivery letter about the details of my upcoming marriage.’
      rapid, swift, fast, quick, speedy, high-speed, brisk, flying, prompt, expeditious
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adverb

  • By express train or delivery service.

    ‘I got my wife to send my gloves express to the hotel’
    • ‘Every month traders make the trek to Capulalpan to purchase mushrooms, which are flown express to Japan, providing much-needed cash to the community.’
    • ‘By the time we had reached Patchogue, our last stop before running express, our train was packed.’
    • ‘Running express was very nice, as it kept our train lightly patronized.’

noun

  • 1An express train or other vehicle of public transportation.

    ‘we embarked for the south of France on an overnight express’
    • ‘Travel between Wellington and Auckland was on the 3 pm express and the 7 pm limited.’
    • ‘One new train will be an express from the border to the financial district.’
    • ‘She brilliantly reshapes his stories of taxi drivers into her own account of young backpackers aboard a Paris-Amsterdam night express.’
    • ‘We made just 3 stops, and than shot down the middle track as an express all the way to Downer's Grove.’
    • ‘On Monday morning, I added the Sacramento-San Jose Amtrak express to my list of trains which I've boarded barely before they left the platform.’
    • ‘He could easily see the man in front of him standing behind the counter at a general store or working as a dispatcher for the local express.’
    • ‘This wasn't the usual daily chaos of ScotRail, this was an Amtrak express leaving Penn Station.’
    • ‘At regular station stops, since no express was working on weekends, plenty of time was available to get off and explore the sights in the small eastern towns.’
    • ‘The news website has plenty of links and commentary on the death of the maglev express here.’
    • ‘The disaster happened after a Land Rover and trailer came off the M62 on to the line and was hit by a Newcastle-King's Cross express which then collided with a northbound goods train.’
    • ‘After his last train journey, the 4 hour late express to Glasgow 3 years ago, Alfie had resolved to put his iron horse tribulations behind him.’
    • ‘She was aboard the Thames train from Paddington which was hit by the Great Western express.’
    • ‘The car was hit by a passenger express which derailed and then collided with a fully-laden coal train.’
    • ‘The maglev train from Shanghai to Pudong airport is already in service, but it looks like the planned Beijing-Shanghai maglev express is a non-starter.’
    • ‘You take an express and then you change and you take a local.’
    • ‘The goods train which crashed into a 125 mph passenger express in the disaster was running 20 minutes early.’
    • ‘A Newcastle-Kings Cross express hit the car and ploughed into a northbound coal train.’
    • ‘It is not known how long his car had been on the track, but the express took 39 seconds to get to the point of impact after triggering the barrier further up the line.’
    • ‘He doesn't actually stand on station platforms making copious notes of numbers emblazoned on the side of the 1820 Clacton express, but he does take photographs of trains.’
    • ‘An all-stops service to Perth Central takes 23 minutes and a partial express 21 minutes.’
    express train, fast train, direct train
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  • 2An overnight or rapid delivery service.

    ‘the books arrived by express’
    • ‘Air express and air cargo services from Indonesia to other countries and vice versa are still dominated by foreign companies.’
    • ‘When sending any items of value through the postal system certified methods are available for that purpose, and special express can also be utilised.’
    • ‘Rather than sending a sample through overnight express, he can use web conferencing.’
    • ‘Two days later the Bulstat card was supposedly winging its way by British Post express registered to my assistant in Sofia, delivery in three days guaranteed.’
  • 3An express rifle.

verb

[with object]
  • Send by express delivery or messenger.

    ‘I expressed my clothes to my destination’

Origin

Early 18th century (as a verb): extension of express; express (sense 1 of the noun) from express train, so named because it served a particular destination without intermediate stops, reflecting an earlier sense of express ‘done or made for a special purpose’, later interpreted in the sense ‘rapid’. Senses relating to express delivery date from the institution of this postal service in 1891.

Pronunciation

express

/ɪkˈsprɛs//ikˈspres/

Main definitions of express in English

: express1express2express3

express3

adjective

  • 1Definitely stated, not merely implied.

    ‘it was his express wish that the celebration continue’
    • ‘That authority may be either actual or apparent, and it may be express, implied, usual or ostensible.’
    • ‘This order can also be justified by the patient's express wish that resuscitation not be attempted.’
    • ‘There are so many that one of the gallery's express wishes behind mounting the exhibition takes on a secondary importance.’
    • ‘They negotiated a cease-fire unknown to officials and against the express wishes of the civilian neocons in charge of the Pentagon.’
    • ‘The bill does not contain an express provision regulating the prescription of medical devices.’
    • ‘All that the oral evidence of the witness did was to confirm what was express or implied in her written statement.’
    • ‘Breach of express or implied warranty is a theory in contract law.’
    • ‘The rules apply to powers to accumulate whether they are express or implied.’
    • ‘So people may have given you express consent by subscribing to something or requesting something.’
    • ‘One general guideline is not to work spells for anyone without their express consent.’
    • ‘Once again, without any democratic discussion, the government is proceeding against the express wishes of the British people by resort to lies and evasions.’
    • ‘There is an express, an explicit, authorisation for another member, with the consent of the member lodging the question to do that on his or her behalf.’
    • ‘At Paragraph 17-003 of the book, it is stated that a bare licence may be express or implied.’
    • ‘I accept, I should say, that it is possible for the terms of a policy by express language to be clearer than this term as to what its intended effect should be.’
    • ‘This includes touching or entering any unattended vehicle without the express permission of the owner.’
    • ‘When the President acts pursuant to an express or implied authorization of Congress, his authority is at its maximum.’
    • ‘The entire political elite has become divorced from and hostile to the express wishes of the electorate they are supposed to represent.’
    • ‘The text may reveal the intention either by implication or by express declaration.’
    • ‘My counter complaint is that my right to privacy was violated when these women looked at my computer screen without my express or implied permission.’
    • ‘They can't be convicted contrary to an express constitutional provision.’
    • ‘There is no express reference to tort in the subsection.’
    • ‘Thus the Letter contained no express reference to the River Moorings.’
    • ‘Issues will be presented in this column only with the express permission of the member.’
    • ‘Herman had then let them off for the rest of the day with express wishes to see Cecil again the next day.’
    explicit, clear, direct, plain, distinct, unambiguous, unequivocal, unmistakable, obvious
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    1. 1.1 Precisely and specifically identified to the exclusion of anything else.
      ‘the schools were founded for the express purpose of teaching deaf children’
      • ‘It clearly doesn't exist for the express purpose of advancing equality, humanity and other good stuff which end with ‘ity’.’
      • ‘This is a recently formed coalition set up with the express purpose of opposing the president's re-nomination for a fifth term.’
      • ‘I tried to put more information to him with the express purpose of repeating in full the information we intended to publish.’
      • ‘The 9th amendment was added to the bill of rights for the express purpose of insuring that this would not happen.’
      • ‘They made her in this image for the express purpose of charming the world.’
      • ‘But with podcasting you're talking to yourself for the express purpose of being heard.’
      • ‘Everybody was requested not to remind these children of their traumatic experience, since they were brought here with the express purpose of helping them forget the bitter experience.’
      • ‘Earlier in the evening they had gone out with the express purpose of attacking people in that park.’
      • ‘By a marathon effort, they haul themselves out of bed and drag themselves to the park for the express purpose of meeting their girlfriend.’
      • ‘Bungee jumping is where you tie yourself to a rope and throw yourself off a high bridge, for the express purpose of turning your stomach inside out when you come to a sudden stop.’
      • ‘Everyone participating in the project shares the same express purpose - to improve the quality of the software.’
      • ‘People arrived just before Jenson arrived, with the express purpose of seeing him.’
      • ‘I had arrived at the zoo ten minutes before they opened the gate with the express purpose of hiking back into this real collection of exhibits of native animals.’
      • ‘It's the same story in Europe, where a new game called Camelot was created with the express purpose of bad odds leading to big jackpots.’
      • ‘The express purpose for which it was allocated by the international authorities was to provide full national coverage as well as extending the service to our emigrants and fishermen at sea.’
      • ‘One of them was half full of well preserved tissue paper that has been kept for the express purpose of wrapping all of the breakables when we move.’
      • ‘And yet the Assistant Recorder made no express finding that Mr. and Mrs. Davey were not to be accepted as witnesses of truth nor that Mr. and Mrs. Williams were to be so accepted.’
      • ‘The defences of qualified privilege and comment will only be defeated when a plaintiff demonstrates that the defendant was motivated by express malice.’
      • ‘These groups, formed with the express purpose of collecting ‘donations’ for temple festivals, are permanent fixtures in the neighbourhood.’
      • ‘These results will be collated with the express purpose of finding any of these animals.’
      sole, specific, particular, special, especial, singular, exclusive, specified, fixed, purposeful
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    2. 1.2archaic (of a likeness) exact.

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French expres, from Latin expressus ‘distinctly presented’, past participle of exprimere ‘press out’, from ex- ‘out’ + primere ‘press’.

Pronunciation

express

/ɪkˈsprɛs//ikˈspres/