expiration

noun
ex·​pi·​ra·​tion | \ ˌek-spə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce expiration (audio) \

Definition of expiration

1a : the last emission of breath : death
b(1) : the act or process of releasing air from the lungs through the nose or mouth : exhalation
(2) : the escape of carbon dioxide from the body protoplasm (as through the blood and lungs or by diffusion)
2 : the fact of coming to an end or the point at which something ends : termination

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Examples of expiration in a Sentence

one month after the expiration of the contract directed that upon her expiration her splendid Italian-style villa be given to the public as a museum
Recent Examples on the Web Leicester City have allowed full-back Danny Simpson to leave the club at the expiration of his contract, which means Rodgers needs to find a suitable replacement. SI.com, "5 Positions Leicester City Must Strengthen to Qualify for the Europa League Next Season," 1 July 2019 That could change later this year after the expiration of lockup periods, which prevent employees from selling stock until six months after initial public offerings, and as companies keep hiring new employees. Roland Li, SFChronicle.com, "Tech IPOs haven’t made a mark on SF housing — yet," 21 June 2019 Washington tightened its sanctions on Tehran at the start of May with the expiration of waivers that had allowed some countries, including Italy, to purchase limited volumes of Iranian oil. Benoit Faucon, WSJ, "Suspected Iranian Oil Caught in Sanctions Trap," 19 June 2019 Pereyra comes to Orlando City on a free transfer after the expiration of his previous contract. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City signs Uruguayan midfielder Mauricio Pereyra as designated player," 11 Aug. 2018 There’s contention over its exact end date, as well as over the causes of its expiration, but critics agree that this Golden Age is over. Adam Wilson, Harper's magazine, "Good Bad Bad Good," 16 Sep. 2019 The current deal represents the last such move under the Budget Control Act before its expiration. Erica Werner, Anchorage Daily News, "Senate passes broad two-year budget deal that increases spending and suspends the debt ceiling," 1 Aug. 2019 CoreCivic expects the banks to honor lending and credit agreements until their expiration in 2023, company spokeswoman Amanda Gilchrist told CBS MoneyWatch in an email. Rachel Layne, CBS News, "Private prisons were supposed to thrive under Trump -- then came a backlash," 29 July 2019 Ahead of this month’s mandate expiration, Germany and Indonesia drafted a substantive resolution that would extend the mandate for a year. Washington Post, "China and US clash over ‘belt and road’ in Afghan resolution," 16 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of expiration

1526, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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19 Oct 2019

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The first known use of expiration was in 1526

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expiration

noun
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English Language Learners Definition of expiration

: the fact of coming to an end or no longer being valid after a period of time : the fact of expiring
medical : the act of breathing out

expiration

noun
ex·​pi·​ra·​tion | \ ˌek-spə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce expiration (audio) \

Kids Definition of expiration

1 : the end of something that lasts for a certain period of time expiration of a coupon
2 : the act of breathing out

expiration

noun
ex·​pi·​ra·​tion | \ ˌek-spə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce expiration (audio) \

Medical Definition of expiration

1a(1) : the act or process of releasing air from the lungs through the nose or mouth : exhalation
(2) : the escape of carbon dioxide from the body protoplasm (as through the blood and lungs or by diffusion)
b archaic : the last emission of breath : death
2 : something produced by breathing out

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