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 Some state laws bar service fees and expiration dates on store gift cards, but the rules on cards branded with the name of a credit card company are stricter. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Got a gift card for Christmas? Here's how to easily check the balance, protect it and other gift card tips," 26 Dec. 2020 This solution works because Android intentionally does not enforce the expiration dates of certificates used as trust anchors. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Let’s Encrypt comes up with workaround for abandonware Android devices," 22 Dec. 2020 According to the Food and Drug Administration, there are no U.S. laws or regulations that require cosmetics to have specific shelf lives or expiration dates on their labels. Washington Post, "Bacteria can grow on your neglected makeup and brushes. Here’s what to toss and what to clean.," 17 Dec. 2020 Most have extended elite status, lowered requirements for achieving top tier perks for 2022, and have rolled over expiration dates for miles. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, "Business Travelers Want to See Major Changes From Airlines," 14 Dec. 2020 While several states and cities have their own eviction bans with varying rules and expiration dates, the CDC order is the only one that covers the entire country. Will Parker, WSJ, "U.S. Poised for Wave of Evictions in January as Federal Ban Expires," 13 Dec. 2020 And millions of Americans are facing unemployment with diminished government aid since the expiration of a $600-a-week federal benefit this summer. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Republicans are narrowing voter registration gaps in swing states," 1 Oct. 2020 That prospect is particularly worrisome in this election cycle, the first presidential election since the expiration of a nearly 40-year-old federal consent decree that prevented intimidating practices in the name of ballot security. Editorial Board Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Blame Trump for debate chaos and disinformation," 30 Sep. 2020 Roughly 29 million Americans are receiving state unemployment aid, although their total benefits, on average, have shrunk by more than half since the expiration of a $600-a-week federal supplement more than a month ago. Arkansas Online, "U.S. unemployment rate falls to 8.4% even as hiring slows," 4 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of expiration

1526, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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22 Jan 2021

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“Expiration.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expiration. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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expiration

noun
How to pronounce expiration (audio)

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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