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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.


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


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


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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