expiration

noun
ex·​pi·​ra·​tion | \ ˌek-spə-ˈrā-shən \

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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The news of Bush’s death may have sealed the fact that lawmakers would need a stopgap spending solution, but prospects for solving the funding expiration were fading last week. Seattle Times News Services, The Seattle Times, "Nation to pause in honor of former President George H.W. Bush on Wednesday," 3 Dec. 2018 Users will receive two pop-up notifications before their free theme is removed; the first will be displayed 24 hours before the 14-day expiration. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Samsung will only allow free themes to be used for 14 days starting with Android 9 Pie update," 15 Nov. 2018 Cincinnati Enquirer has no liability for loss, theft, expiration or cancellation of the vouchers. Cincinnati.com, "Save 25% on Ultimate Air Shuttle Flights," 10 May 2018 The expiration of seven spending bills loomed over a hectic Friday that saw senators rush back into town to consider a measure that passed the House the night before. Kristina Peterson, WSJ, "U.S. Government Shuts Down Over Border Wall Funding," 22 Dec. 2018 According to Palm, the recent expiration of an intergovernmental agreement with Metra now allows the village the flexibility to offer uses other than commuter parking in the west parking lot. Steve Schering, chicagotribune.com, "River Forest to offer more residential parking in commuter lots, while also raising some fees," 1 June 2018 That’s a change from the Obama administration, which accepted renewal applications only 150 days before a DACA recipient’s expiration. Dara Lind, Vox, "DACA is in a state of legal limbo. Now a Texas judge might rule to kill it.," 7 Aug. 2018 The expiration in mid-September of a tax benefit for companies that invested in the pension funds may be contributing to the in U.S. government 10- and 30-year debt yields, said Andrew Brenner, head of global fixed income at NatAlliance Securities. Daniel Kruger, WSJ, "U.S. Government 10-Year Note Yields Climb to Seven-Year High," 5 Oct. 2018 In a second amendment, City Councilman Jared Brossett shortened the typical one-year expiration on the interim zoning district to nine months. Kevin Litten, NOLA.com, "New Orleans City Council issues temporary ban on most short-term rental permits," 24 May 2018

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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 \

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 \

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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