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ex·pres·sive

 (ĭk-sprĕs′ĭv)
adj.
1. Of, relating to, or characterized by expression: a child's expressive ability.
2. Serving to express or indicate meaning or feeling: actions expressive of frustration.
3. Showing or communicating meaning or feeling effectively: an expressive glance.

ex·pres′sive·ly adv.
ex·pres′sive·ness n.

expressive

(ɪkˈsprɛsɪv)
adj
1. of, involving, or full of expression
2. (foll by: of) indicative or suggestive (of): a look expressive of love.
3. having a particular meaning, feeling, or force; significant
exˈpressively adv
exˈpressiveness n

ex•pres•sive

(ɪkˈsprɛs ɪv)

adj.
1. full of expression; meaningful: an expressive shrug.
2. serving to express: a look expressive of gratitude.
3. of, pertaining to, or concerned with expression: Dance is a highly expressive art.
4. of or pertaining to linguistic forms in which sounds denote a semantic field directly and nonarbitrarily through sound symbolism, as in onomatopoeia and emotionally charged words such as hypocoristics and pejoratives.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French]
ex•pres′sive•ly, adv.
ex•pres′sive•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.expressive - characterized by expressionexpressive - characterized by expression; "a very expressive face"
communicatory, communicative - able or tending to communicate; "was a communicative person and quickly told all she knew"- W.M.Thackeray

expressive

adjective
2. meaningful, indicative, suggestive, demonstrative, revealing, significant, allusive All his poems are expressive of his love for nature.

expressive

adjective
Effectively conveying meaning, feeling, or mood:
Translations
مُعَبِّر
expresivní
udtryksfuld
ilmaiseva
sem lætur í ljósi; sem segir mikiî
anlamlı

expressive

[ɪksˈpresɪv] ADJ [person, face, language] → expresivo; [ability] → de expresión
to be expressive of sth (frm) → expresar algo
his gesture was expressive of angersu gesto expresaba rabia

expressive

[ɪkˈsprɛsɪv] adj
[face] → expressif/ive; [person] → expressif/ive
expressive of (= expressing) → qui exprime
to be expressive of sth → exprimer qch

expressive

adj eyes, face, voiceausdrucksvoll; glance, lookvielsagend; gestures, painting, musicausdrucksvoll, expressiv (geh); languageausdrucksstark; expressive danceAusdruckstanz m; your eyes are your most expressive featuredeine Augen sind das Ausdrucksvollste an dir; to be expressive of something (form)etw ausdrücken; the French term seemed more expressive of what she feltdas französische Wort schien ihre Gefühle besser auszudrücken or genauer wiederzugeben; expressive powers/abilitiesAusdrucksfähigkeit for -vermögen nt

expressive

[ɪksˈprɛsɪv] adj (look, face, language) → espressivo/a; (gesture) → eloquente

express

(ikˈspres) verb
1. to put into words. He expressed his ideas very clearly.
2. (with oneself etc) to put one's own thoughts into words. You haven't expressed yourself clearly.
3. to show (thoughts, feelings etc) by looks, actions etc. She nodded to express her agreement.
4. to send by fast (postal) delivery. Will you express this letter, please?
adjective
1. travelling, carrying goods etc, especially fast. an express train; express delivery.
2. clearly stated. You have disobeyed my express wishes.
adverb
by express train or fast delivery service. Send your letter express.
noun
1. an express train. the London to Cardiff express.
2. the service provided eg by the post office for carrying goods etc quickly. The parcel was sent by express.
exˈpressly adverb
in clear, definite words. I expressly forbade you to do that.
exˈpression (-ʃən) noun
1. a look on one's face that shows one's feelings. He always has a bored expression on his face.
2. a word or phrase. `Dough' is a slang expression for `money`.
3. (a) showing of thoughts or feelings by words, actions etc. This poem is an expression of his grief.
4. the showing of feeling when eg reciting, reading aloud or playing a musical instrument. Put more expression into your playing!
exˈpressionless adjective
(of a face or voice) showing no feeling. a cold, expressionless tone.
exˈpressive (-siv) adjective
showing meaning or feeling clearly. She has an expressive look on her face.
exˈpressiveness noun
exˈpressively adverb
exˈpressway noun
a divided highway; a motorway.

expressive

adj expresivo
References in classic literature ?
Therefore, to use the expressive, if not elegant, language of a schoolgirl, "He was as nervous as a witch and as cross as a bear".
The slender expressive fingers, forever active, for- ever striving to conceal themselves in his pockets or behind his back, came forth and became the piston rods of his machinery of expression.
Tom and Ned knew a little Spanish, and with that, and simple but expressive signs on the part of the Indian, they learned his story.
They formed a congenial group sitting there that summer afternoon--Madame Ratignolle sewing away, often stopping to relate a story or incident with much expressive gesture of her perfect hands; Robert and Mrs.
The former was seated on the end of a mossy log, in a posture that permitted him to heighten the effect of his earnest language, by the calm but expressive gestures of an Indian engaged in debate.
I frequently returned with the spoils of the woods, and as often presented some of what I had taken to him, expressive of duty to my sovereign.
The aspect of the venerable mansion has always affected me like a human countenance, bearing the traces not merely of outward storm and sunshine, but expressive also, of the long lapse of mortal life, and accompanying vicissitudes that have passed within.
Her Pearl -- for so had Hester called her; not as a name expressive of her aspect, which had nothing of the calm, white, unimpassioned lustre that would be indicated by the comparison.
His hospitable attentions were brief, but expressive, being confined to a shake of the hand, a slap on the shoulder, a loud laugh, and a pressing invitation to "fall to, and help themselves.
And from that pallor of the dead, we borrow the expressive hue of the shroud in which we wrap them.
Here now's the very dreaded symbol of grim death, by a mere hap, made the expressive sign of the help and hope of most endangered life.
In the head and face every organ and lineament expressive of brutal and unhesitating violence was in a state of the highest possible development.