Expression - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɪkˈspreʃn|  American pronunciation of the word expression
Brit.  |ɪkˈsprɛʃ(ə)n|  British pronunciation of the word expression


- the feelings expressed on a person's face(syn: aspect, face, look)
- expression without words(syn: manifestation, reflection, reflexion)
- the communication (in speech or writing) of your beliefs or opinions(syn: verbalism)
- a word or phrase that particular people use in particular situations(syn: locution, saying)
- the style of expressing yourself(syn: formulation)
- a group of symbols that make a mathematical statement (syn: formula)
- (genetics) the process of expressing a gene
- a group of words that form a constituent of a sentence and are considered as a single unit (syn: construction)
- the act of forcing something out by squeezing or pressing


Dance is a form of artistic expression.

He uses some very odd expressions.

The expression “to make fun of” means “to ridicule.”

Judging from her expression, I think the gift was a complete surprise.

We saw his expression change from angry to sad.

She wore a smug expression.

Laughter is one of the most infectious expressions of emotion.

She had a pained expression on her face.

The face is entirely devoid of expression.

I decided to go to the meeting as an expression of support.

The letter was a genuine expression of sympathy.

Student leaders are demanding greater freedom of expression (=the right to say what you think without being punished).

The Socialist Party was founded to give political expression to the working classes.

Another writer who seeks to give expression to popular oral culture is Jose Maria Arguedos.

There was a blank expression on her face (=no expression on her face).

Word forms

singular: expression
plural: expressions
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