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

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Current supporters say that 1982 expiration deadline is not relevant. Rick Pearson, chicagotribune.com, "Equal Rights Amendment approval comes 36 years after raucous Capitol protests," 1 June 2018 The timing of the announcement, well in advance of the contract’s expiration in September, is intended to put the UAW on the defensive, shifting the focus of next year’s negotiations to saving jobs, these people say. Mike Colias And Adrienne Roberts, WSJ, "Factory Shutdown Plans Give GM Leverage in Labor Talks," 29 Nov. 2018 The collision of various contract expirations happens once a quarter and tends to boost stock-market volumes as investors readjust their positions. Michael Wursthorn, WSJ, "Stock Rout Puts Nasdaq in Bear Market," 21 Dec. 2018 PennGrade will no longer be the presenting sponsor for the Indianapolis 500 following the expiration of its three-year contract. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Indy 500 searching for a new presenting sponsor," 4 May 2018 Piqued by the discussion, Justin Augustine III, Transdev's vice president, took a rare moment to comment publicly on Transdev's future amid the looming contract expiration. Beau Evans, NOLA.com, "RTA could consider operators to replace Transdev as its contract winds down," 28 Mar. 2018 Many arrived from Malaysia, after the expiration of a 90-day no-visa stay there. Fortune, "‘Fake Refugees Get Out.’ How South Koreans Are Channeling Trump," 28 June 2018 The sale marked a milestone for borrowers, investors and bankers as Libor, the London interbank offered rate, begins its planned wind-down from ubiquitous metric to expiration at the end of 2021. Daniel Kruger, WSJ, "Fannie Mae Debt Sale Sets Milestone For New Borrowing Benchmark," 26 July 2018 Some older loans still require the borrower (in this case the seller) to pay a percentage of the loan if it is paid off in full prior to the full expiration of the mortgage term. Benny L. Kass, chicagotribune.com, "When selling a home, what charges do you have to pay?," 9 May 2017

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First Known Use of expiration

1526, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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expiration

noun

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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