from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To set forth in words; state.
  • transitive verb To manifest or communicate, as by a gesture; show: synonym: voice.
  • transitive verb To make known the feelings or opinions of (oneself), as by statement or art.
  • transitive verb To convey or suggest a representation of; depict.
  • transitive verb To represent by a sign, symbol, number, or formula.
  • transitive verb To squeeze or press out, as juice from an orange.
  • transitive verb To send by special messenger or rapid transport.
  • transitive verb To synthesize (a product, especially a protein) encoded by a gene.
  • transitive verb To manifest the effects of (a gene).
  • transitive verb To manifest (a genetic trait).
  • adjective Definitely and explicitly stated: synonym: explicit.
  • adjective Particular; specific.
  • adjective Rapid and having few or no stops or interruptions.
  • adjective Of, relating to, or appropriate for rapid travel.
  • adjective Designed for use in an express rifle.
  • adverb By express delivery or transport.
  • noun A rapid, efficient system for the delivery of goods and mail.
  • noun Goods and mail conveyed by such a system.
  • noun A means of transport, such as a train, that travels rapidly and makes few or no stops before its destination.
  • noun A special messenger.
  • noun A message delivered by special courier.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To press or squeeze out; force out by pressure: as, to express the juice of grapes or of apples.
  • To extort; elicit.
  • To manifest or exhibit by speech, appearance, or action; make known in any way, but especially by spoken or written words.
  • Reflexively, to utter one's thoughts; make known one's opinions or feelings: as, to express one's self properly.
  • To manifest in semblance; constitute a copy or resemblance of; be like; resemble.
  • To represent or show by imitation or the imitative arts; form a likeness of, as in painting or sculpture.
  • To denote; designate.
  • To send express; despatch by express; forward by special opportunity or through the medium of an express: as, to express a letter, a package, or merchandise.
  • In mathematics, to give or represent by means of a figure, graph, symbol, or function.
  • Expressly; distinctly; plainly.
  • Specially; for a particular purpose.
  • As an express—that is, with special swiftness or expedition; post-haste; post: as, to travel express.
  • Clearly made known; distinctly expressed or indicated; unambiguous; explicit; direct; plain: as, express terms; an express interference.
  • Distinctly like; closely representative; bearing an exact resemblance.
  • Distinctly adapted or suitable; particular; exact; precise: as, he made express provision for my comfort.
  • Special; used or employed for a particular purpose; specially quick or direct: as, express haste; an express messenger.
  • noun A clear or distinct declaration, expression, or manifestation.
  • noun A particular or special message or despatch sent by a messenger.
  • noun A messenger sent on a particular errand or occasion; usually, a courier sent to communicate information of an important event, or to deliver important despatches.
  • noun Any regular provision made for the speedy transmission of messages, parcels, commissions, and the like; a vehicle or other conveyance sent on a special message; specifically, an organization of means for safe and speedy transmission of merchandise, etc., or a railway passenger-train which travels at a specially high rate of speed, stopping only at principal stations: as, the American and European Express; to travel by express.
  • noun The name of a modern sporting-rifle, a modification of the Winchester model of 1876.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete A clear image or representation; an expression; a plain declaration.
  • noun A messenger sent on a special errand; a courier; hence, a regular and fast conveyance; commonly, a company or system for the prompt and safe transportation of merchandise or parcels.
  • noun An express office.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English expressen, from Old French expresser, from Medieval Latin expressāre, frequentative of Latin exprimere : ex-, ex- + premere, to press; see per- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French exprès, from Latin expressus, past participle of exprimere (see Etymology 2, below).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French espresser, expresser, from frequentative form of Latin exprimere.


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