Ex·press, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Expressed p. pr. & vb. n. Expressing.]
1. To press or squeeze out; as, to express the juice of grapes, or of apples; hence, to extort; to elicit.
All the fruits out of which drink is expressed. --Bacon.
And th'idle breath all utterly expressed. --Spenser.
Halters and racks can not express from thee
More than by deeds. --B. Jonson.
2. To make or offer a representation of; to show by a copy or likeness; to represent; to resemble.
Each skillful artist shall express thy form. --E. Smith.
So kids and whelps their sires and dams express. --Dryden.
3. To give a true impression of; to represent and make known; to manifest plainly; to show in general; to exhibit, as an opinion or feeling, by a look, gesture, and esp. by language; to declare; to utter; to tell.
My words express my purpose. --Shak.
They expressed in their lives those excellent doctrines of morality. --Addison.
4. To make known the opinions or feelings of; to declare what is in the mind of; to show (one's self); to cause to appear; -- used reflexively.
Mr. Phillips did express with much indignation against me, one evening. --Pope.
5. To denote; to designate.
Moses and Aaron took these men, which are expressed by their names. --Num. i. 17.
6. To send by express messenger; to forward by special opportunity, or through the medium of an express; as, to express a package.
Syn: -- To declare; utter; signify; testify; intimate.
adj 1: communicated in words; "frequently uttered sentiments" [syn:
uttered, verbalized, verbalised]
2: precisely and clearly expressed or readily observable;
leaving nothing to implication; "explicit instructions";
"she made her wishes explicit"; "explicit sexual scenes"
[syn: explicit] [ant: implicit]