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English adjective: express

1. express not tacit or implied

SamplesHer express wish.

Similarexplicit, expressed

Antonymsimplicit, inexplicit

2. express without unnecessary stops

SamplesAn express train.
An express shipment.



English noun: express

1. express (communication) mail that is distributed by a rapid and efficient system

Synonymsexpress mail

Broader (hypernym)mail

Narrower (hyponym)pony express

2. express (artifact) public transport consisting of a fast train or bus that makes only a few scheduled stops

SamplesHe caught the express to New York.


Broader (hypernym)public transport


3. express (act) rapid transport of goods


Broader (hypernym)shipping, transport, transportation

English adverb: express

1. express by express

SamplesPlease send the letter express.

English verb: express

1. express (communication) give expression to

SamplesShe showed her disappointment.

Synonymsevince, show

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)convey

Narrower (hyponym)accent, accentuate, articulate, beam, burst out, connote, emphasise, emphasize, evoke, exude, formulate, give, give vent, give voice, imply, imply, menace, paint a picture, phrase, punctuate, smile, sneer, stress, suggest, vent, ventilate, word

2. express (communication) articulate; either verbally or with a cry, shout, or noise

SamplesShe expressed her anger.
He uttered a curse.

Synonymsgive tongue to, utter, verbalise, verbalize

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)blaspheme, breathe, call out, clamor, clamour, cry, cry out, curse, cuss, drop, exclaim, get off, hurl, imprecate, marvel, outcry, platitudinize, pooh-pooh, pour out, raise, represent, say, say, shout, shout out, state, swear, tell, throw, vociferate, voice, wish

3. express (communication) serve as a means for expressing something

SamplesThe painting of Mary carries motherly love.
His voice carried a lot of anger.

Synonymscarry, convey

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)communicate, intercommunicate

Narrower (hyponym)measure, quantify

Verb groupcarry, channel, conduct, convey, impart, transmit

4. express (communication) indicate through a symbol, formula, etc.

SamplesCan you express this distance in kilometers?.


Pattern of useSomething ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)denote, refer

Narrower (hyponym)vote, vote

5. express (perception) manifest the effects of (a gene or genetic trait)

SamplesMany of the laboratory animals express the trait.

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)actualise, actualize, realise, realize, substantiate

6. express (contact) obtain from a substance, as by mechanical action

SamplesItalians express coffee rather than filter it.

Synonymsextract, press out

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)acquire, get

Narrower (hyponym)ream

7. express (communication) send by rapid transport or special messenger service

SamplesShe expressed the letter to Florida.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)mail, post, send

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