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Meaning of express

ex•press

Pronunciation: (ik-spres'), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to put (thought) into words; utter or state: to express an idea clearly.
  2. to show, manifest, or reveal: to express one's anger.
  3. to set forth the opinions, feelings, etc., of (oneself&hasp;), as in speaking, writing, or painting: He can express himself eloquently.
  4. to represent by a symbol, character, figure, or formula:HO; to express unknown quantities algebraically. to express water as
  5. to send by express: to express a package or merchandise.
  6. to press or squeeze out: to express the juice of grapes.
  7. to exude or emit (a liquid, odor, etc.), as if under pressure: The roses expressed a sweet perfume.
  8. (of a gene) to be active in the production of (a protein or a phenotype).
—adj.
  1. clearly indicated; distinctly stated; definite; explicit; plain: He defied my express command.
  2. special; definite: We have an express purpose in being here.
  3. direct or fast, esp. making few or no intermediate stops: an express train; an express elevator.
  4. used for direct or high-speed travel: an express highway.
  5. duly or exactly formed or represented: an express image.
  6. pertaining to an express: an express agency.
—n.
  1. an express train, bus, elevator, etc.
  2. a system or method of sending freight, parcels, money, etc., that is faster and safer, but more expensive, than ordinary freight service: We agree to send the package by express.
  3. a company engaged in this business.
  4. a messenger or a message specially sent.
  5. something sent by express.
—adv.
  1. by express: to travel express.
  2. expressly.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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