express[ek spres′, ik-]
- The definition of express is something that has a specific purpose or something that operates at a faster-than-normal speed.
- An example of express is when the purpose to go to a store is just to buy milk.
- An example of express is a train that gets you where you are going five times faster than other trains.
- To express is to convey what you are thinking and feeling, either verbally or otherwise.
An example of express is when you make a face because you are mad.
- to press out or squeeze out (juice, etc.)
- to get by pressure; elicit by force; extort
- to put into words; represent by language; state
- to make known; reveal; show: his face expressed sorrow
- to show (a genetic trait)
- to picture, represent, or symbolize in music, art, etc.
- to show by sign; symbolize; signify: the sign + expresses addition
- ☆ to send by express
Origin of expressMiddle English expressen ; from Medieval Latin expressare ; from Classical Latin expressus, past participle of exprimere, to express, literally , force out ; from ex-, out + premere: see press
- expressed and not implied; explicit: to give express orders
- specific: his express reason for going
- exact: she is the express image of her aunt
- made for or suited to a special purpose: express regulations
Origin of expressorig., for the express purpose of running to one station fast, direct, and making few stops: an express train
- characterized by speed or velocity; specif.,
- for fast driving: an express highway
- high-speed: an express bullet
- for high-speed projectiles: an express rifle
- having to do with railway express, pony express, etc.
Origin of expressME & OFr expres < L expressus
- Chiefly Brit.
- a special messenger; courier
- a message delivered by such a messenger; dispatch sent swiftly
- an express train, bus, elevator, etc.
- an express rifle
- the pony express
- a method or service for transporting goods or sending money or mail rapidly, but at extra cost
- the goods transported or money sent by express
- a business concern operating such a service
- any method or means of swift transmission
- to state one's thoughts
- to give expression to one's feelings, imagination, etc., in creative or artistic activity
transitive verbex·pressed, ex·press·ing, ex·press·es
- a. To set forth in words; state: express an opinion.b. To manifest or communicate, as by a gesture; show: expressed his anger with a frown. See Synonyms at voice.c. To make known the feelings or opinions of (oneself), as by statement or art.
- To convey or suggest a representation of; depict: The painting expresses the rage of war victims.
- To represent by a sign, symbol, number, or formula: express a fraction as a decimal.
- To squeeze or press out, as juice from an orange.
- To send by special messenger or rapid transport: express a package to Los Angeles.
- Genetics a. To synthesize (a product, especially a protein) encoded by a gene: a gene that expresses an enzyme.b. To manifest the effects of (a gene): Half of the people who inherit the gene express it.c. To manifest (a genetic trait): All the mice in the study expressed the defect.
- Definitely and explicitly stated: their express wish. See Synonyms at explicit.
- Particular; specific: an express plan.
- a. Rapid and having few or no stops or interruptions: express delivery of packages; an express bus.b. Of, relating to, or appropriate for rapid travel: express lanes on a freeway.c. Designed for use in an express rifle: an express bullet.
- a. A rapid, efficient system for the delivery of goods and mail.b. Goods and mail conveyed by such a system.
- A means of transport, such as a train, that travels rapidly and makes few or no stops before its destination.
- Chiefly British a. A special messenger.b. A message delivered by special courier.
Origin of expressMiddle English expressen, from Old French expresser, from Medieval Latin expressāre, frequentative of Latin exprimere : ex-, ex- + premere, to press; see per-4 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more express, superlative most express)
- (not comparable) Moving or operating quickly, as a train not making local stops.
- (comparable) Specific or precise; directly and distinctly stated; not merely implied.
- I gave him express instructions not to begin until I arrived, but he ignored me.
- This book cannot be copied without the express permission of the publisher.
- Truly depicted; exactly resembling.
- In my eyes it bore a livelier image of the spirit, it seemed more express and single, than the imperfect and divided countenance.
(third-person singular simple present expresses, present participle expressing, simple past and past participle expressed)
- To convey or communicate; to make known or explicit.
- 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 5, The Celebrity:
- We expressed our readiness, and in ten minutes were in the station wagon, rolling rapidly down the long drive, for it was then after nine. We passed on the way the van of the guests from Asquith. As we reached the lodge we heard the whistle, and we backed up against one side of the platform as the train pulled up at the other.
- Words cannot express the love I feel for him.
- 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 5, The Celebrity:
- To press, squeeze out (especially said of milk).
- (biochemistry) To translate messenger RNA into protein.
- (biochemistry) To transcribe deoxyribonucleic acid into messenger RNA.
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