What does Express mean?

Definitions for Express

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. express, express mailnoun

    mail that is distributed by a rapid and efficient system

  2. express, limitednoun

    public transport consisting of a fast train or bus that makes only a few scheduled stops

    "he caught the express to New York"

  3. express, expressageadjective

    rapid transport of goods

  4. expressadjective

    not tacit or implied

    "her express wish"

  5. expressverb

    without unnecessary stops

    "an express train"; "an express shipment"

  6. express, show, evinceverb

    give expression to

    "She showed her disappointment"

  7. express, verbalize, verbalise, utter, give tongue toverb

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

    "She expressed her anger"; "He uttered a curse"

  8. carry, convey, expressverb

    serve as a means for expressing something

    "The painting of Mary carries motherly love"; "His voice carried a lot of anger"

  9. express, stateverb

    indicate through a symbol, formula, etc.

    "Can you express this distance in kilometers?"

  10. expressverb

    manifest the effects of (a gene or genetic trait)

    "Many of the laboratory animals express the trait"

  11. press out, express, extractverb

    obtain from a substance, as by mechanical action

    "Italians express coffee rather than filter it"

  12. expressadverb

    send by rapid transport or special messenger service

    "She expressed the letter to Florida"

  13. expressadverb

    by express

    "please send the letter express"


  1. Expressadjective

    of or pertaining to an express train or other conveyance designated an express; makiung few or no intermediate stops; as, an express stop; an express fare; an express elevator.

  2. Expressnoun

    a railway train or bus for transporting passengers or goods with speed and punctuality; a train or bus that does not stop at certain stations. Contrasted to local; as, take the express to get there faster.

  3. Expressverb

    To send by express messenger; to forward by special opportunity, or through the medium of an express; as, to express a package.7. (Genetics) to produce products that cause the appearance of the corresponding phenotype; -- of a gene or of an organism with a specific gene; as, to express the beta-galactosidase gene,

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Expressadjective

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Of his presence many a sign
    Still following thee, still compassing thee round
    With goodness and paternal love; his face
    Express, and of his steps the track divine. John Milton, P. Lost.

    There hath been some doubt whether containing in Scripture do import express setting down in plain terms; or else comprehending in such sort, that by reason we may from thence conclude all things which are necessary. Richard Hooker, b. i.

    There is not any positive law of men, whether general or particular, received by formal express consent, as in councils; or by secret approbation; but the same may be taken away, if occasion serves. Richard Hooker, b. iv. s. 14.

    All the gazers on the skies,
    Read not in fair heaven’s story
    Expresser truth, or truer glory,
    Than they might in her bright eyes. Ben Jonson, Epigr.

    I love to feel myself of an express and settled judgment and affection, in things of the greatest moment. Henry More, Div. Dial.

    As to the testimonies of the fathers, let them be never so express against all sorts of prayers and invocations, they hold only of such a sort of prayer. Edward Stillingfleet.

    Where reason or scripture is express for any opinion, or action, we may receive it as of divine authority. John Locke.

    They who are not induced to believe and live as they ought, by those discoveries which God hath made in Scripture, would stand out against any evidence whatsoever; even that of a messenger sent express from the other world. Francis Atterbury, Serm.

  2. Expressnoun

    Etymology: from the adjective.

    The king sent an express immediately to the marquis, with all the particular informations. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

    As if expresses from all parts had come,
    With fresh alarms threat’ning the fate of Rome. John Dryden, Juv.

    Upon the first moment I was discovered sleeping on the ground, after my landing, the emperor had early notice of it by an express. Gulliver’s Travels.

    I am content my heart should be discovered to the world, without any of those popular captations which some men use in their speeches and expresses. Charles I .

    They do not only contradict the general design and particular expresses of the gospel, but trespass against all logick and common sense. John Norris.

  3. To EXPRESSverb

    Etymology: exprimo, expressus, Latin.

    So kids and whelps their sires and dams express,
    And so the great I measur’d by the less. John Dryden, Virgil.

    Adorn a dream, expressing human form,
    The shape of him who suffer’d in the storm;
    And send it fleeting to the Thracian court,
    The wreck of wretched Ceyx to report. Dryden.

    Each skilful artist shall express thy form
    In animated gold. Edmund Smith, Phædra and Hippolitus.

    Less than half we find exprest,
    Envy bid conceal the rest. John Milton.

    Though they have learned those sounds, yet there are no determined ideas laid up in their minds, which are to be expressed to others by them. John Locke.

    In moral ideas we have no sensible marks that resemble them, whereby we can set them down: we have nothing but words to express them by. John Locke.

    True wit is nature to advantage drest,
    What oft was thought, but ne’er so well exprest. Alexander Pope.

    Others for language all their care express,
    And value books, as women men, for dress. Alexander Pope.

    To shed tears, among the ancients, when they should express their gratitude to the gods with joy, was esteemed a prophanation. Alexander Pope, Odyssey. Notes to.

    No longer shall thy bodice aptly lace,
    That air and shape of harmony express,
    Fine by degrees, and delicately less. Matthew Prior.

    Mr. Philips did express himself with much indignation against me one evening. Alexander Pope.

    Moses and Aaron took these men expressed by their names. Numb. i. 17.

    Among the watry juices of fruit are all the fruits out of which drink is expressed; as the grape, and the apple. Francis Bacon.

    Halters and racks cannot express from thee
    More than thy deeds: ’tis only judgment waits thee. Ben Jonson, Catiline.


  1. express

    Express, as a verb, generally means to convey or communicate a thought, feeling, idea or information verbally or in writing. It can also mean to represent or depict something through an artistic medium. In transportation context, "express" refers to a service or system operating at high speed with few or no stops or delays. As an adjective, it refers to something that is clearly and explicitly stated. As a noun, it is often used to refer to a system or mode of transportation that operates faster than the regular service by making limited stops.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Expressadjective

    exactly representing; exact

  2. Expressadjective

    directly and distinctly stated; declared in terms; not implied or left to inference; made unambiguous by intention and care; clear; not dubious; as, express consent; an express statement

  3. Expressadjective

    intended for a particular purpose; relating to an express; sent on a particular errand; dispatched with special speed; as, an express messenger or train. Also used adverbially

  4. Expressnoun

    a clear image or representation; an expression; a plain declaration

  5. Expressnoun

    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; also, a railway train for transporting passengers or goods with speed and punctuality

  6. Expressnoun

    an express office

  7. Expressnoun

    that which is sent by an express messenger or message

  8. Expressadjective

    to press or squeeze out; as, to express the juice of grapes, or of apples; hence, to extort; to elicit

  9. Expressadjective

    to make or offer a representation of; to show by a copy or likeness; to represent; to resemble

  10. Expressadjective

    to give a true impression of; to represent and make known; to manifest plainly; to show in general; to exhibit, as an opinion or feeling, by a look, gesture, and esp. by language; to declare; to utter; to tell

  11. Expressadjective

    to make known the opinions or feelings of; to declare what is in the mind of; to show (one's self); to cause to appear; -- used reflexively

  12. Expressadjective

    to denote; to designate

  13. Expressadjective

    to send by express messenger; to forward by special opportunity, or through the medium of an express; as, to express a package

  14. Etymology: [F. exprs, L. expressus, p. p. of exprimere to express; ex. out + premere To press. See Press.]


  1. Express

    EXPRESS is an American fashion retailer addressed for young women and men headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, and New York, New York. Express operates over 600 stores in the United States and generates $1.8 billion in annual sales.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Express

    eks-pres′, v.t. to press or force out: to emit: to represent or make known by a likeness or by words: to declare, reveal: to out into words: to state plainly: to designate.—adj. pressed or clearly brought out: exactly representing: directly stated: explicit: clear: intended or sent for a particular purpose.—adv. with haste: specially: with an express train.—n. a messenger or conveyance sent on a special errand: a regular and quick conveyance: (U.S.) a system organised for the speedy and safe transmission of parcels or merchandise.—n. Express′age, the system of carrying by express.—adj. Express′ible.—ns. Expres′sion, act of expressing or forcing out by pressure: act of representing or giving utterance to: faithful and vivid representation by language, art, the features, &c.: that which is expressed: look: feature: the manner in which anything is expressed: tone of voice or sound in music.—adjs. Expres′sional, of or pertaining to expression; Expres′sionless.—n. Expres′sion-stop, a stop in a harmonium, by which the performer can regulate the air to produce expression.—adj. Expres′sive, serving to express or indicate: full of expression: vividly representing: emphatic: significant.—adv. Expres′sively.—n. Expres′siveness.—adv. Express′ly.—ns. Express′-rī′fle, a modern sporting rifle for large game at short range, with heavy charge of powder and light bullet; Express′-train, a railway-train at high speed and with few stops; Expres′sure, the act of expressing: (Shak.) expression. [O. Fr. expresser—L. ex, out, pressāre, freq. of premĕre, pressum, to press.]

Editors Contribution

  1. express

    To communicate how we feel in language.

    They did express themselves peacefully which was great.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 12, 2020  

  2. express

    To release energy in a calm manner.

    We are efficient in how we express our emotions.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 28, 2020  

  3. express

    To use energy to create or cocreate.

    The artist is delighted to express the meaning of the moment of time accurately.

    Submitted by MaryC on November 5, 2020  

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Express' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3156

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Express' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3629

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Express' in Nouns Frequency: #2892

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Express' in Verbs Frequency: #184

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Express in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Express in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Express in a Sentence

  1. Maxim Behar:

    Today, thanks to the social media revolution, clients actually own media and consequently a platform to express themselves.

  2. Brandi Lininger:

    They send us notes and newsletters about everything else, your child is going to see ‘The Polar Express,’ and it's pajama day on Friday before winter break, and we get no notice that they're going to do a social experiment on segregation.

  3. Mohammed Abdel-Salam:

    We express our condemnation of air strikes and the military advances made in some fronts since this morning.

  4. Alex Trebek:

    I want to express my thanks to your beautiful little daughter, Natasha, for having made this get-well card for me, that was very sweet of her.

  5. Terry Redpath:

    To add insult to injury I have recently received emails asking if I would like to express interest in flats being marketed at 550,000 pounds, to be built almost on the exact location that my maisonette once stood.

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