Definition of express adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪkˈspres//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈspres//
    [only before noun]
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  1. 1  travelling very fast; operating very quickly an express bus/coach/train express delivery services
  2. 2  (of a letter, package, etc.) sent by express service express mail
  3. 3  (North American English) (of a company that delivers packages) providing an express service an air express company
  4. 4(formal) (of a wish or an aim) clearly and openly stated synonym definite It was his express wish that you should have his gold watch after he died. I came here with the express purpose of speaking with the manager. More Like This Adjectives that only come before a noun all-round, antenatal, aspiring, chief, dedicated, eventual, express, high-flying, live, lone, mere, mitigating, rogue, sheer, standout, ulterior, utterSee worksheet.
  5. Word Originadjective sense 1 early 18th cent. (as a verb): extension of express ‘state clearly’; sense (1) of the noun from express train, so named because it served a particular destination without intermediate stops, reflecting an earlier sense of express ‘done or made for a special purpose’, later interpreted in the sense “rapid”. Senses relating to express delivery date from the institution of this postal service in 1891. adjective sense 4 late Middle English: from Old French expres, from Latin expressus ‘distinctly presented’, past participle of exprimere ‘press out’, from ex- ‘out’ + primere ‘press’.
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