- 1 to show or make known a feeling, an opinion, etc. by words, looks or actions express something Teachers have expressed concern about the changes. His views have been expressed in numerous speeches. to express fears/doubts/reservations to express interest/regret/surprise express how, what, etc… Words cannot express how pleased I am. see also unexpressed
- 2 to speak, write or communicate in some other way what you think or feel express yourself Teenagers often have difficulty expressing themselves. express yourself + adv./prep. Perhaps I have not expressed myself very well. She expresses herself most fully in her paintings. (formal) express yourself + adj. They expressed themselves delighted.
- 3express itself (+ adv./prep.) (formal) (of a feeling) to become obvious in a particular way Their pleasure expressed itself in a burst of applause.
- 4 (mathematics) to represent something in a particular way, for example by symbols express something as something The figures are expressed as percentages. express something in something Educational expenditure is often expressed in terms of the amount spent per student.
- 5express something (from something) to remove air or liquid from something by pressing it Coconut milk is expressed from grated coconuts.
- 6express something (to somebody/something) (North American English) to send something by express post As soon as I receive payment I will express the book to you. Word Originverb late Middle English (also in the sense ‘press out, obtain by squeezing’, used figuratively to mean ‘extort’): from Old French expresser, based on Latin ex-
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BrE BrE//ɪkˈspres//; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈspres//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they express
BrE BrE//ɪkˈspres//; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈspres//he / she / it expresses
BrE BrE//ɪkˈspresɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈspresɪz//past simple expressed
BrE BrE//ɪkˈsprest//; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈsprest//past participle expressed
BrE BrE//ɪkˈsprest//; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈsprest//-ing form expressing
BrE BrE//ɪkˈspresɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈspresɪŋ//