Date: 1300-1400
Origin: Early French expresser, from Latin expressus; EXPRESS2


1 verb
ex‧press1 S2 W1 [transitive]


to tell or show what you are feeling or thinking by using words, looks, or actions
express your views/opinions
Bill'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 something
Express your reasons for applying in simple terms.
express sympathy/fear/anger etc
She 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/reservations
The 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.

particular emotion

to show or describe a particular feeling:
Many of Munch's paintings express a deep feeling of despair.

something expresses itself

if something expresses itself, it becomes noticeable [= something reveals itself]:
Religious faith expresses itself in a variety of ways.


technicalHM to change an amount or quantity into a different form, especially in mathematics
express something as/in something
Express three-quarters as a decimal.
The value of the coffee becomes significantly higher when expressed in foreign currency.

feeding babies

if a woman expresses milk, she presses milk out of her breast in order to feed it to her baby later

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