express

When something goes fast, it goes express — like a train that skips many stops. You also express your feelings and thoughts.

When you want something sent quickly, send it by express mail. When you give your opinion, you're expressing yourself. Writing music and poems are also examples of expressing yourself. Mathematical formulas express complex ideas. In genetics, a gene might be expressed by making you bald.

Primary Meanings of express

1.
vadj
give expression to
not tacit or implied
2.
nvadjadv
public transport consisting of a fast train or bus that makes only a few scheduled stops
send by rapid transport or special messenger service
without unnecessary stops
by express
3.
v
obtain from a substance, as by mechanical action
Full Definitions of express
1

v give expression to

Synonyms:
evince, show
Types:
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sneer
express through a scornful smile
connote, imply
express or state indirectly
burst out
give sudden release to an expression
evoke, paint a picture, suggest
call to mind
imply
suggest as a logically necessary consequence; in logic
give
manifest or show
exude
make apparent by one's mood or behavior
give vent, vent, ventilate
give expression or utterance to
articulate, formulate, give voice, phrase, word
put into words or an expression
accent, accentuate, emphasise, emphasize, punctuate, stress
to stress, single out as important
menace
express a threat either by an utterance or a gesture
beam
express with a beaming face or smile
smile
express with a smile
background, downplay, play down
understate the importance or quality of
bring out, set off
direct attention to, as if by means of contrast
presuppose, suppose
require as a necessary antecedent or precondition
ask
direct or put; seek an answer to
re-emphasise, re-emphasize
emphasize anew
bear down
pay special attention to
rip out
burst out with a violent or profane utterance
intimate, suggest
imply as a possibility
connote, predicate
involve as a necessary condition of consequence; as in logic
lexicalise, lexicalize
make or coin into a word or accept a new word into the lexicon of a language
dogmatise, dogmatize
state as a dogma
formularise, formularize
express as a formula
cast, couch, frame, put, redact
formulate in a particular style or language
topicalize
emphasize by putting heavy stress on or by moving to the front of the sentence
point up
emphasize, especially by identification
drive home, press home, ram home
make clear by special emphasis and try to convince somebody of something
emphasise, emphasize, underline, underscore
give extra weight to (a communication)
reek, smack, smell
have an element suggestive (of something)
imply, incriminate, inculpate
suggest that someone is guilty
Type of:
convey
make known; pass on, of information

v articulate; either verbally or with a cry, shout, or noise

“She expressed her anger”
Synonyms:
give tongue to, utter, verbalise, verbalize
Types:
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blaspheme, curse, cuss, imprecate, swear
utter obscenities or profanities
wish
make or express a wish
call out, cry, cry out, exclaim, outcry, shout
utter aloud; often with surprise, horror, or joy
clamor, clamour
utter or proclaim insistently and noisily
shout out, vociferate
utter in a very loud voice
marvel
express astonishment or surprise about something
voice
give voice to
raise
cause to be heard or known; express or utter
breathe
utter or tell
drop
utter with seeming casualness
pour out
express without restraint
get off
deliver verbally
platitudinize
utter platitudes
say
utter aloud
represent
serve as a means of expressing something
say, state, tell
express in words
pooh-pooh
express contempt about
hurl, throw
utter with force; utter vehemently
lay out, present, represent
bring forward and present to the mind
misstate
state something incorrectly
answer, reply, respond
react verbally
belie, misrepresent
represent falsely
gee
give a command to a horse to turn to the right side
aah, ooh
express admiration and pleasure by uttering `ooh' or `aah'
introduce, precede, preface, premise
furnish with a preface or introduction
announce, declare
announce publicly or officially
articulate, enunciate, vocalise, vocalize
express or state clearly
dramatise, dramatize
represent something in a dramatic manner
portray
portray in words
get out
express with difficulty
declare
state emphatically and authoritatively
declare
make a declaration (of dutiable goods) to a customs official
mention, note, observe, remark
make mention of
bring forward, call up
bring forward for consideration
add, append, supply
state or say further
explain
define
give
convey or reveal information
embody
represent or express something abstract in tangible form
sum, sum up, summarise, summarize
be a summary of

v indicate through a symbol, formula, etc.

“Can you express this distance in kilometers?”
Synonyms:
state
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vote
express a choice or opinion
vote
express one's choice or preference by vote
vote
bring into existence or make available by vote
bullet vote
vote cumulatively and distribute the votes according to some principle
Type of:
denote, refer
have as a meaning

v serve as a means for expressing something

Synonyms:
carry, convey
carry, channel, conduct, convey, impart, transmit
transmit or serve as the medium for transmission
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measure, quantify
express as a number or measure or quantity
gauge
measure precisely and against a standard
scale
measure with or as if with scales
meter
measure with a meter
pace, step
measure (distances) by pacing
clock, time
measure the time or duration of an event or action or the person who performs an action in a certain period of time
fathom, sound
measure the depth of (a body of water) with a sounding line
titrate
measure by (the volume or concentration of solutions) by titration
plumb
measure the depth of something
librate, weigh
determine the weight of
Type of:
communicate, intercommunicate
transmit thoughts or feelings

v manifest the effects of (a gene or genetic trait)

“Many of the laboratory animals express the trait”
Type of:
actualise, actualize, realise, realize, substantiate
make real or concrete; give reality or substance to

adj not tacit or implied

“her express wish”
Synonyms:
explicit, expressed
precisely and clearly expressed or readily observable; leaving nothing to implication
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n public transport consisting of a fast train or bus that makes only a few scheduled stops

“he caught the express to New York”
Synonyms:
limited
Antonyms:
local
public transport consisting of a bus or train that stops at all stations or stops
Type of:
public transport
conveyance for passengers or mail or freight

n rapid transport of goods

Synonyms:
expressage
Type of:
shipping, transport, transportation
the commercial enterprise of moving goods and materials

n mail that is distributed by a rapid and efficient system

Synonyms:
express mail
Types:
pony express
express mail carried by relays of riders on horseback; especially between Missouri and California around 1860
Type of:
mail
the bags of letters and packages that are transported by the postal service

v send by rapid transport or special messenger service

“She expressed the letter to Florida”
Type of:
mail, post, send
cause to be directed or transmitted to another place

adj without unnecessary stops

“an express train”
“an express shipment”
Synonyms:
fast
acting or moving or capable of acting or moving quickly

adv by express

“please send the letter express
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v obtain from a substance, as by mechanical action

“Italians express coffee rather than filter it”
Synonyms:
extract, press out
Types:
ream
squeeze the juice out (of a fruit) with a reamer
Type of:
acquire, get
come into the possession of something concrete or abstract

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