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

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 Chugach Electric and Matanuska Electric, the state’s two largest electric utilities, face expiration dates in six years. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, 17 May 2022 The tests don’t last forever; the kits come with expiration dates printed on the box. Los Angeles Times, 17 May 2022 Buying through these channels is genuinely dangerous—fudged expiration dates and improper storage can turn the product into a health hazard. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, 14 May 2022 Very old CC&Rs sometimes do have expiration dates, and they should not be allowed to expire. Kelly G. Richardson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 May 2022 Vimaan’s tracking gets to the smallest detail, including not just bar codes, but also expiration dates, serial numbers and the like, and does so in real time as items move from the warehouse to a store or an individual customer. Amy Feldman, Forbes, 22 Apr. 2022 Here’s what to know about the expiration dates on at-home COVID-19 tests. Jamie Ducharme, Time, 22 Apr. 2022 Export regulations and initial supply crunches slowed the release of vaccines, and the doses that did get sent sometimes arrived too close to their expiration dates to be useful. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, 19 Apr. 2022 Consuming whole foods gets rid of food-like products with late expiration dates. Ian Douglass, Men's Health, 4 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of expiration

1526, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Expiration.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expiration. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for expiration

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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