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noun expression pronunciation in American English /ɪkˈspreʃ(ə)n/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a look on someones 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
    He uses childish expressions like “choo-choo.”
    Avoid colloquial expressions that are out of place in an academic essay.



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