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English noun: expression

1. expression (attribute) the feelings expressed on a person's face


SamplesA sad expression.
A look of triumph.
An angry face.


Synonymsaspect, face, facial expression, look


Broader (hypernym)countenance, visage


Narrower (hyponym)leer, light, spark, sparkle, twinkle

2. expression (communication) expression without words


SamplesTears are an expression of grief.
The pulse is a reflection of the heart's condition.


Synonymsmanifestation, reflection, reflexion


Broader (hypernym)demo, demonstration


Narrower (hyponym)act, blowup, ebullition, effusion, gush, lamentation, mourning, outburst

3. expression (communication) the communication (in speech or writing) of your beliefs or opinions


SamplesExpressions of good will.
He helped me find verbal expression for my ideas.
The idea was immediate but the verbalism took hours.


Synonymsverbal expression, verbalism


Broader (hypernym)communicating, communication


Narrower (hyponym)articulation, cold turkey, congratulation, felicitation, voice

4. expression (communication) a word or phrase that particular people use in particular situations


SamplesPardon the expression.


Synonymslocution, saying


Broader (hypernym)language, oral communication, speech, speech communication, spoken communication, spoken language, voice communication


Narrower (hyponym)adage, advice and consent, agrapha, ambiguity, anatomical, anatomical reference, axiom, Beatitude, byword, calque, calque formation, catchword, dysphemism, epigram, euphemism, idiom, idiomatic expression, loan translation, logion, maxim, motto, phrasal idiom, phrase, proverb, quip, saw, set phrase, shibboleth, shucks, slogan, southernism, sumpsimus, tongue twister

5. expression (communication) the style of expressing yourself


SamplesHe suggested a better formulation.
His manner of expression showed how much he cared.


Synonymsformulation


Broader (hypernym)expressive style, style


Narrower (hyponym)Americanism, Anglicism, archaicism, archaism, boilerplate, Briticism, Britishism, choice of words, colloquialism, diction, honorific, idiom, parlance, phraseology, phrasing, sentimentalism, verbiage, wording

6. expression (communication) a group of symbols that make a mathematical statement


Synonymsformula


Broader (hypernym)mathematical statement


Narrower (hyponym)exponential expression, primitive, sentential function


Domain categorymath, mathematics, maths

7. expression (process) (genetics) the process of expressing a gene


Broader (hypernym)biological process, organic process


Domain categorygenetic science, genetics

8. expression (communication) a group of words that form a constituent of a sentence and are considered as a single unit


SamplesI concluded from his awkward constructions that he was a foreigner.


Synonymsconstruction, grammatical construction


Broader (hypernym)constituent, grammatical constituent


Narrower (hyponym)adjunct, clause, complement, involution, phrase, predicator


Antonymsmisconstruction

9. expression (act) the act of forcing something out by squeezing or pressing


SamplesThe expression of milk from her breast.


Broader (hypernym)squeeze, squeezing









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