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verbal expression

Definition:

the communication (in speech or writing) of one's beliefs or opinions

Class:

communication noun (communicative processes and contents)

Plural:

verbal expressions

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

he helped me find verbal expression for my ideas

Etymology:

"action of pressing out"; later (mid-15th century) "action of manifesting a ...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Collins Dictionary:

verbalism

a verbal expression; phrase or word | an exaggerated emphasis on the importance of words by the uncritical acceptance of assertions in place of ... (23 of 209 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/verbalism

Merriam-Webster:

verbalism | term [synonym, sense-specific] | wording [synonym, sense-specific] | verbosity [synonym, sense-specific] | phrasing [synonym, sense-specific] | articulation [synonym, sense-specific] | formulation [synonym, sense-specific] | statement [synonym, sense-specific] | utterance [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

a verbal expression; "term" ; "phrasing", "wording" | words used as if they were more important than the realities they represent | a wordy expression ... (23 of 124 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/verbalism

Oxford Dictionary:

verbalism | verbalist [derived] | verbalistic [derived]

concentration on forms of expression rather than content | a verbal expression | excessive or empty use of language (17 of 70 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/verbalism

Random House Dictionary:

verbalism

a verbal expression, as a word or phrase. | the way in which something is worded; choice of words; phrasing. | a phrase or sentence having little or ... (26 of 51 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/verbalism

American Heritage Dictionary:

verbalism

An expression in words; a word or phrase. | The manner in which something is phrased; wording. | A wordy phrase or sentence that has little meaning. | ... (25 of 36 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/verbalism

New World Dictionary:

verbalism

a verbal expression; expression in one or more words; a word or phrase | words only, without any real meaning; mere verbiage | any virtually ... (23 of 30 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/verbalism

Wiktionary:

verbalism | verbalisms [plural]

The expression of a concept in words; the wording used in such an expression | The excessive use of words, often with little meaning (23 of 24 words, 2 definitions)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/verbalism

Macmillan British Dictionary:

expression | expressions [plural] | if you'll pardon/excuse the expression

[countable] a word or phrase | [countable] a look on someone's face that shows what their thoughts or feelings are | [countable/uncountable] the act ... (22 of 236 words, 5 definitions, 12 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/expression

Wikipedia:

Expression [disambiguation]

Expression (language), a thought communicated by language | Expression (mathematics), a finite combination of symbols that are well-formed according to applicable rules | Expression (programming), an instruction to execute something that will return a ... (32 of 229 words, 17 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Expression

Cambridge Dictionary:

expression [entry 1]

when you say what you think or show how you feel using words or actions | the look on someone's face, showing what they feel or think (26 of 122 words, 2 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/expression 1

expression [entry 2]

a word or group of words used in a particular situation or by particular people (15 of 40 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/expression 2

expression [entry 3]

in mathematics, a symbol or group of symbols which represent an amount (12 of 23 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/expression 3

Britannica Encyclopedia:

communication [social behaviour]

the exchange of meanings between individuals through a common system of symbols. This article treats the functions, types, and psychology of ... (21 of 1830 words, 2 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/129024​/communication

Columbia Encyclopedia:

communication

transfer of information, such as thoughts and messages, as contrasted with transportation, the transfer of goods and persons (see information theory). ... (21 of 398 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/society​/A​0813063​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

verbalism | verbalisms [plural]

something expressed in words | a wordy expression that has little meaning or relevance | the uncritical or undisciplined use of words, especially ... (21 of 66 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861733812​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

expression

First use: early 15th century

Origin: "action of pressing out"; later (mid-15th century) "action of manifesting a feeling"; (late 15th century) "a putting into words", from Middle French ... (25 of 75 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=expression

Oxford Dictionary:

expression

Origin: late Middle English: from Latin expressio(n-), from exprimere "press out, express". Compare with "express1"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/expression

New World Dictionary:

expression

Origin: Middle English expressioun from Latin expressio from expressus: see "express"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/expression

Wiktionary:

expression | expressions [plural]

Origin: Middle English, from Latin expressiō ("a pressing out").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/expression

Audio references

Wiktionary:

expression | expressions [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "expression"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/expression

Collins Dictionary:

expression

Audio: British English pronunciation of "expression"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/expression

Macmillan British Dictionary:

expression | expressions [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "expression"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/expression

Macmillan American Dictionary:

expression | expressions [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "expression"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/expression

Cambridge Dictionary:

expression [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "expression"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "expression"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/expression 1

the Free Dictionary:

expression

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "expression"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "expression"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "expression" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/expression

Google Dictionary:

expression | expressions [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "expression"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=expression

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

expression

Audio: North American pronunciation of "expression"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=expres​04 word=expression

YourDictionary Audio:

expression

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "expression" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/expression

freedictionary.org:

expression

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "expression" by speech synthesizer

freedictionary​.org​/ Query=expression

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