express ( expresses plural & 3rd person present) ( expressing present participle) ( expressed past tense & past participle )
1 verb When you express an idea or feeling, or expressyourself, you show what you think or feel.
He expressed grave concern at American attitudes... V n
He expresses himself easily in English... V pron-refl
2 verb If an idea or feeling expressesitself in some way, it can be clearly seen in someone's actions or in its effects on a situation.
The anxiety of the separation often expresses itself as anger towards the child for getting lost. V pron-refl prep
3 verb In mathematics, if you express a quantity or mathematical problem in a particular way, you write it using particular symbols, figures, or equations. (TECHNICAL)
It is expressed as a percentage. V n prep
4 adj An express command or order is one that is clearly and deliberately stated.
FORMAL ADJ n
The ship was sunk on express orders from the Prime Minister.
expressly adv ADV before v
He has expressly forbidden her to go out on her own.
5 adj If you refer to an express intention or purpose, you are emphasizing that it is a deliberate and specific one that you have before you do something.
ADJ n (emphasis)
I had obtained my first camera for the express purpose of taking railway photographs.
expressly adv ADV before v, ADV prep/to-inf
...projects expressly designed to support cattle farmers...
6 adj Express is used to describe special services which are provided by companies or organizations such as the Post Office, in which things are sent or done faster than usual for a higher price.
A special express service is available by fax..., It was sent to us by express mail.
Express is also an adverb., adv
Send it express.
7 n-count An express or an express train is a fast train which stops at very few stations.
oft N to/for n
Punctually at 7.45, the express to Kuala Lumpur left Singapore station...
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