expressex‧press1 /ɪkˈspres/ ●●●S2W1 verb [transitive]1feelingSAY/STATE to tell or show what you are feeling or thinking by using words, looks, or actionsexpress your views/opinionsBill’s not afraid to express his opinions.Parents have expressed their concerns about their children’s safety.She expressed an interest in seeing York.express something in/by/through somethingExpress your reasons for applying in simple terms.express sympathy/fear/anger etcShe doesn’t express her emotions as much as he does.express thanks/gratitude (for something) (to somebody) (=thank someone in a speech or by writing a letter)Finally, I’d like to express my sincere thanks to all those who have helped today.express doubts/reservationsThe USA expressed reservations before agreeing to sign the agreement.Many people have expressed their opposition to the proposals.express yourself (=say what you think or feel)Young children often have difficulty expressing themselves.He first learnt to express himself through movement at his dance classes.Words can’t express (=it is impossible to describe) how angry we felt.► see thesaurus at say2particular emotionEXPRESS to show or describe a particular feelingMany of Munch’s paintings express a deep feeling of despair.3 →something expresses itself4mathematics technicalHM to change an amount or quantity into a different form, especially in mathematicsexpress something as/in somethingExpress three-quarters as a decimal.The value of the coffee becomes significantly higher when expressed in foreign currency.5feeding babies if a woman expressesmilk, she presses milk out of her breast in order to feed it to her baby laterCOLLOCATIONS – Meanings 1 & 2nounsexpress your views/opinions/ideasEveryone who attends the meeting will be given the opportunity to express their opinions.express your feelingsHe felt unable to express his feelings in a letter.express an interest in somethingMany property developers have expressed an interest in buying the land.express concern (=say or show that you are worried)Financial analysts have expressed concern about the possibility of a recession.express your thanks/gratitude/appreciation (=say thank you to someone, in a speech)On behalf of the team, I’d like to express our appreciation for all your efforts.express doubts/reservations (=say or show that you are not sure whether something is true or right)Environmentalists began to express doubts about the benefits of biofuels.express surprise/shock‘I don’t believe he could hurt anyone, ’ she said, expressing her surprise.express angerTeachers have expressed anger at the government’s education reforms.express your grief (=say or show that you are very sad, especially because someone you love has died)She searched for further words to express her grief, but could find none.express your sympathy (=say that you feel sorry for someone who is in a bad situation)I wrote to his widow expressing our sympathy and sending her our condolences.express confidenceThroughout the trial, his legal team expressed confidence in the outcome.express your hopes/desires (=say what you hope or want to happen)Nadia expressed her hopes about remaining in San Diego County with her two children.express your support (=say that you support someone or something)The Israeli leader expressed his support for the U.S. plan.express opposition to something (=say that you oppose someone or something)Local people have expressed their opposition to plans for a new airport.express a willingness to do something (=say or show that you are willing to do something)The unions expressed a willingness to have talks with the employers.adverbsexpress something openly (=express a feeling in a way that is obvious to other people)They expressed their anger openly in the meeting.express something clearly (=express an idea or opinion in a way that other people can understand)He expresses his views very clearly.phrasesexpress yourself (=say what you think or feel)He is very confident and finds it easy to express himself.a chance/opportunity to express somethingThe debate will give MPs an opportunity to express their views in detail.words cannot express something (=it is impossible to describe something)Words can’t express how much I miss her.→ See Verb table
expressexpress2 ●●○ adjective [only before noun]1EMPHASIZEdeliberate and for a specific situationThe school was founded with the express purpose of teaching deaf children.2clear and definiteexpress agreement/consent/authority etcHe is not to leave without my express permission.Matthew left express instructions to keep all doors locked.3 →express train/coach/bus4 →express post/mail5American English designed to help you move through a place more quicklyexpress lanes on the freewayan express line at a supermarket (=where people with only a few things to buy go to pay)
expressexpress3 ●●○ noun1[countable usually singular]TTTTTC a train or bus that does not stop in many places and therefore travels quicklyLondon–Gatwick Express/Orient Express (=a fast train or bus which does a particular journey regularly)2[uncountable]TCM a post service that delivers letters and packages very quicklySend these books by express.
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express• His poems were a desperateexpression of his loneliness and isolation.• I took the mid-afternoon express to Valladolid that goes on to Salamanca.• The first uptown train to come along was an express, and I rode it one stop to Ninety-sixth Street.• We'll send it by express.• The winner is the one who gets closest to a passing express.• Then all at once came a blast of noise, and the express shot through.• Several minutes before the express was due to pull out, the platform was empty.expressexpress4 adverb →send/deliver something expressExpress, TheThe ExpressExpress, Thea Britishdailytabloid newspaper which usually supports the ideas of the Conservative Party →newspaperFrom King Business Dictionaryexpressex‧press1 /ɪkˈspres/ verb [transitive]1to say what you think or feel about somethingThe sales manager expressed caution about the deal.The USA expressed reservations before eventually signing the agreement.Worries have been expressed within the industry about a rise in interest rates.2LAW to state clearly and openly something that has been agreedSuch warranties are implied, unless a contract expresses a contrary intention.3STATISTICSto write a quantity or amount in numbers, letters, or other figuresexpress something as/inThe country’s level of expenditure is expressed as a percentage of the measure of economic activity.The value of the coffee becomes significantly higher when expressed in foreign currency.→ See Verb tableexpressexpress2 adjective [only before a noun]1stated or written clearly and openly, and showing a clear purpose or intentionthe distinction between express authority and mere consentCopyright prevents use of this material without theexpress permission of the author.There is an express agreement by the plaintiff to pay £10 towards the ground-rent.2an express service is one that is quicker than the normal serviceovernight express trainsIt takes anything from 2 to 5 days, depending on whether or not you use an express transfer.Originexpress1(1300-1400) Early Frenchexpresser, from Latinexpressus; → EXPRESS2express2(1300-1400)Frenchexprès, from Latinexpressus, past participle of exprimere“to press out”, from premere“to press”; the idea of “speed” comes from trains stopping only at specific places, so the complete journey takes less time