expressed vs express :

expressed or express

One of the meanings of “express” is “explicit”: “Izaak claimed that his old boss had given him express permission to shop on eBay for fishing rods during work hours.” Some people feel the word should be “expressed,” and that form is not likely to get anyone into trouble; but if you use it you should not presume to correct others who stick with the traditional form: “express permission” (or orders, or mandate, or whatever).

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Definitions

  • v  give expression to
  • v  articulate; either verbally or with a cry, shout, or noise
    She expressed her anger
  • v  serve as a means for expressing something
  • v  indicate through a symbol, formula, etc.
  • v  manifest the effects of (a gene or genetic trait)
  • v  obtain from a substance, as by mechanical action
  • v  send by rapid transport or special messenger service
    She expressed the letter to Florida
  • s  communicated in words
  • a  precisely and clearly expressed or readily observable; leaving nothing to implication

  • n  mail that is distributed by a rapid and efficient system
  • n  public transport consisting of a fast train or bus that makes only a few scheduled stops
    he caught the express to New York
  • n  rapid transport of goods
  • v  give expression to
  • v  articulate; either verbally or with a cry, shout, or noise
    She expressed her anger
  • v  serve as a means for expressing something
  • v  indicate through a symbol, formula, etc.
    Can you express this distance in kilometers?
  • v  manifest the effects of (a gene or genetic trait)
    Many of the laboratory animals express the trait
  • v  obtain from a substance, as by mechanical action
    Italians express coffee rather than filter it
  • v  send by rapid transport or special messenger service
    She expressed the letter to Florida
  • s  not tacit or implied
    her express wish
  • s  without unnecessary stops
    an express train
    an express shipment
  • r  by express
    please send the letter express
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