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noun     expression pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    [countable] a look on someone’s face that shows what their thoughts or feelings are
    expression on:

    She had a puzzled expression on her face.

    expression of:

    I noticed his expression of disgust.

  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] the act of showing what your thoughts or feelings are by your behavior or through art, music, etc.

    searching for new forms of artistic expression

    expression of:

    the expression of anger through violence

    The parade is a public expression of civic pride.

    give expression to something (=express something):

    The somber music gave expression to his deepest feelings of despair.

    1. a.
      [uncountable] a quality in your voice that shows what your thoughts or feelings are

      Some of the actors need to put a lot more expression into their voices.

    2. c.
      [countable] words that you use for showing your thoughts or feelings, especially formally
      expression of:

      Thank you for all your expressions of sympathy.

  3. 3
    [countable] a word or phrase
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to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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