Other forms: expressed; expressing; expresses

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.

Definitions of express
  1. verb
    give expression to
    synonyms: evince, show
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    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
    suggest as a logically necessary consequence; in logic
    manifest or show
    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
    stress; single out as important
    express a threat either by an utterance or a gesture
    express with a beaming face or 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
    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
    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:
    make known; pass on, of information
  2. verb
    articulate; either verbally or with a cry, shout, or noise
    “She expressed her anger”
    synonyms: give tongue to, utter, verbalise, verbalize
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    blaspheme, curse, cuss, imprecate, swear
    utter obscenities or profanities
    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
    express astonishment or surprise about something
    give voice to
    cause to be heard or known; express or utter
    utter or tell
    utter with seeming casualness
    pour out
    express without restraint
    get off
    deliver verbally
    utter platitudes
    utter aloud
    serve as a means of expressing something
    say, state, tell
    express in words
    express contempt about
    hurl, throw
    utter with force; utter vehemently
    lay out, present, represent
    bring forward and present to the mind
    state something incorrectly
    answer, reply, respond
    react verbally
    belie, misrepresent
    represent falsely
    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 in words
    get out
    express with difficulty
    state emphatically and authoritatively
    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
    convey or reveal information
    represent or express something abstract in tangible form
    sum, sum up, summarise, summarize
    be a summary of
  3. verb
    indicate through a symbol, formula, etc.
    “Can you express this distance in kilometers?”
    synonyms: state
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    express a choice or opinion
    express one's choice or preference by vote
    bring into existence or make available by vote
    bullet vote
    vote cumulatively and distribute the votes according to some principle
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    denote, refer
    have as a meaning
  4. verb
    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
    measure precisely and against a standard
    measure with or as if with scales
    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
    measure by (the volume or concentration of solutions) by titration
    measure the depth of something
    librate, weigh
    determine the weight of
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    communicate, intercommunicate
    transmit thoughts or feelings
  5. verb
    manifest the effects of (a gene or genetic trait)
    “Many of the laboratory animals express the trait”
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    actualise, actualize, realise, realize, substantiate
    make real or concrete; give reality or substance to
  6. adjective
    not tacit or implied
    “her express wish”
    explicit, expressed
    precisely and clearly expressed or readily observable; leaving nothing to implication
  7. noun
    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
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    public transport consisting of a bus or train that stops at all stations or stops
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    public transport
    conveyance for passengers or mail or freight
  8. noun
    rapid transport of goods
    synonyms: expressage
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    shipping, transport, transportation
    the commercial enterprise of moving goods and materials
  9. noun
    mail that is distributed by a rapid and efficient system
    synonyms: express mail
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    pony express
    express mail carried by relays of riders on horseback; especially between Missouri and California around 1860
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    the bags of letters and packages that are transported by the postal service
  10. verb
    send by rapid transport or special messenger service
    “She expressed the letter to Florida”
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    mail, post, send
    cause to be directed or transmitted to another place
  11. adjective
    without unnecessary stops
    “an express train”
    “an express shipment”
    acting or moving or capable of acting or moving quickly
  12. adverb
    by express
    “please send the letter express
  13. verb
    obtain from a substance, as by mechanical action
    “Italians express coffee rather than filter it”
    synonyms: extract, press out
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    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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