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



BrE BrE//ɪkˈspres//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈspres//
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using a special fast service I'd like to send this express, please. Word Originadverb 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.
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