[ik-spres-iv] /ɪkˈsprɛs ɪv/
full of ; meaningful:
an expressive shrug.
serving to ; indicative of power to :
a look expressive of gratitude.
of, relating to, or concerned with :
Dance is a highly expressive art.
Sociology. (of a crowd or group) engaging in nonpurposeful activity of an expressive and often rhythmic nature, as weeping, dancing, or shouting.
Compare (def 15), (def 2).
Linguistics. of or relating to forms in which sounds denote a semantic field directly and nonarbitrarily, through sound symbolism based, to some degree, on synesthesia, as observable in onomatopoeia, rhyming and gradational compounds, and emotionally charged words such as hypocoristics and pejoratives.
of, involving, or full of expression
(postpositive) foll by of. indicative or suggestive (of): a look expressive of love
having a particular meaning, feeling, or force; significant
c.1400, “tending to press out,” from French expressif, from expres “clear, plain,” from stem of Latin exprimere (see express (v.)). Meaning “full of expression” is from 1680s. Related: Expressively; expressiveness.
[ik-spres-iv] /ɪkˈsprɛs ɪv/ adjective 1. full of ; meaningful: an expressive shrug. 2. serving to ; indicative of power to : a look expressive of gratitude. 3. of, relating to, or concerned with : Dance is a highly expressive art. 4. Sociology. (of a crowd or group) engaging in nonpurposeful activity of an expressive and […]
[ek-spre-siv-i-tee] /ˌɛk sprɛˈsɪv ɪ ti/ noun 1. the quality or state of being expressive. 2. Genetics. the degree to which a particular gene produces its effect in an organism. /ˌɛksprɛˈsɪvɪtɪ/ noun 1. (esp of a work of art) the quality of being expressive 2. (genetics) the strength of the effect of a gene on the […]
noun 1. (def 1). noun 1. Also called express lane. the lane of a multilane roadway that is used by fast-moving vehicles, as when passing slower traffic. 2. Informal. any scene, activity, or pursuit that is exciting, high-pressured, competitive, swift-moving, and sometimes dissipated or dangerous: Alcoholism and stress are often the price for living life […]
[ik-sploit] /ɪkˈsplɔɪt/ verb (used with object) 1. to utilize, especially for profit; turn to practical account: to exploit a business opportunity. 2. to use selfishly for one’s own ends: employers who exploit their workers. 3. to advance or further through ; promote: He exploited his new movie through a series of guest appearances. noun (ˈɛksplɔɪt) […]