express vs limited what difference

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  • (Received Pronunciation, General American) IPA(key): /ɪkˈspɹɛs/ IPA(key): /ɛk.ˈspɹɛs/
  • Rhymes: -ɛs

Etymology 1

From French exprès, from Latin expressus, past participle of exprimere (see Etymology 2, below).


express (comparative more express, superlative most express)

  1. (not comparable) Moving or operating quickly, as a train not making local stops.
  2. (comparable) Specific or precise; directly and distinctly stated; not merely implied.
    I gave him express instructions not to begin until I arrived, but he ignored me.
    This book cannot be copied without the express permission of the publisher.
  3. Truly depicted; exactly resembling.
    In my eyes it bore a livelier image of the spirit, it seemed more express and single, than the imperfect and divided countenance.
  4. (postpositive, retail) Providing a more limited but presumably faster service than a full or complete dealer of the same kind or type.
    The Pizza Hut inside Target isn’t a full one: it’s a Pizza Hut Express.
    Some Wal-Mart stores will include a McDonald’s Express.
    The mall’s selection of cell phone carriers includes a full AT&T store and a T-Mobile express.
  • (of a train): fast, crack
  • (directly and distinctly stated; not merely implied): explicit, plain; see also Thesaurus:explicit
  • (directly and distinctly stated; not merely implied): implied


express (plural expresses)

  1. A mode of transportation, often a train, that travels quickly or directly.
  2. A service that allows mail or money to be sent rapidly from one destination to another.
  3. An express rifle.
    • 1885, H. Rider Haggard, King Solomon’s Mines
      “Give me my express,” I said, laying down the Winchester, and he handed it to me cocked.
  4. (obsolete) A clear image or representation; an expression; a plain declaration.
    • a. 1667, Jeremy Taylor, Clerus Domini, or, A discourse of the divine institution, necessity, sacredness, and separation of the office ministerial together with the nature and manner of its power and operation
      the only remanent express of Christ’s sacrifice on earth
  5. A messenger sent on a special errand; a courier.
  6. An express office.
    • 1873, Edward Everett Hale, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
      She charged him [] to ask at the express if anything came up from town.
  7. That which is sent by an express messenger or message.
  • (of a train): fast train
  • (of a train): local, stopper

Etymology 2

From Old French espresser, expresser, from frequentative form of Latin exprimere.


express (third-person singular simple present expresses, present participle expressing, simple past and past participle expressed)

  1. (transitive) To convey or communicate; to make known or explicit.
  2. (transitive) To press, squeeze out (especially said of milk).
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, chapter 13
      The people of his island of Rokovoko, it seems, at their wedding feasts express the fragrant water of young cocoanuts into a large stained calabash like a punchbowl […].
    • 2018, Kelsey Munroe, The Guardian, 15 March:
      They don’t have teats, so the mothers express their milk onto their bellies for their young to feed.
  3. (biochemistry) To translate messenger RNA into protein.
  4. (biochemistry) To transcribe deoxyribonucleic acid into messenger RNA.
    • 2015, Ferris Jabr, How Humans Ended Up With Freakishly Huge Brains, Wired:
      When a cell “expresses” a gene, it translates the DNA first into a signature messenger RNA (mRNA) sequence and subsequently into a chain of amino acids that forms a protein.
  • outspeak, utter
Derived terms
  • expressed
  • expressedly
  • express oneself
Related terms
  • expressible
  • expressibly
  • expression
  • expressive
  • expressively
  • expressly


express (plural expresses)

  1. (obsolete) The action of conveying some idea using words or actions; communication, expression.
    • 1646, Sir Thomas Browne, Pseudodoxia Epidemica, V.20:
      Whereby they discoursed in silence, and were intuitively understood from the theory of their expresses.
  2. (obsolete) A specific statement or instruction.
    • 1646, Sir Thomas Browne, Pseudodoxia Epidemica, II.5:
      This Gentleman […] caused a man to go down no less than a hundred fathom, with express to take notice whether it were hard or soft in the place where it groweth.



Borrowed from English express, from Old French expres, from Latin expressus


  • IPA(key): /ɛk.spʁɛs/
  • Homophone: expresse


express (invariable)

  1. express, rapide

Derived terms


express m (plural express)

  1. express train or service



  • IPA(key): /ˈlɪmɪtɪd/
  • Hyphenation: lim‧it‧ed



  1. simple past tense and past participle of limit


limited (comparative more limited, superlative most limited)

  1. With certain (often specified) limits placed upon it.
  2. Restricted, small, few, not plentiful.
    There are limited places available. Enrol now or you will miss out.
    I have a limited understanding of quantum physics.


  • finite


  • endless
  • infinite
  • unlimited

Derived terms

  • feature-limited
  • limited-stop
  • time-limited

Related terms

  • limitedly
  • limitedness

See also

  • Ltd.



limited (plural limiteds)

  1. (rail transport) An express train that only halts at a limited number of stops.


  • limited on Wikipedia.Wikipedia


  • delimit, melitid

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