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1 : the act of making your thoughts, feelings, etc., known by speech, writing, or some other method : the act of expressing something


freedom of expression  [=freedom to say and show what you feel and believe]

Dance is a form of artistic/creative expression.

She is always looking for new ways to give expression to
  [=to express]  her ideas.

Her competitive spirit found expression
  [=was expressed]  in sports.


an expression of affection

expressions of anger

2 [count] : a word or phrase

a slang expression

He uses some very odd expressions.

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

People say excuse/pardon/forgive the expression when they are using a word or phrase that might offend or annoy someone.

When you first told me your plan, I thought you were, pardon the expression, crazy.

I'm so glad that you've decided to join us. In fact, I'm tickled pink, (if you'll) excuse the expression.

3 [count] : the way someone's face looks that shows emotions and feelings

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

We saw his expression change from angry/anger to sad/sadness.

facial expressions

She wore/had a smug expression.

4 [noncount] : a way of doing something (such as speaking or singing) that shows emotions and feelings

I told him to read the poem with more expression.

5 [count] mathematics : a symbol or a combination of symbols and signs representing a quantity or process

103 is an exponential expression.

expressionless /ɪkˈsprɛʃənləs/ adjective

an expressionless face

expressionlessly adverb

staring expressionlessly at the camera

expressionlessness noun [noncount]

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