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 Because of the litigation and court rulings in favor of Keller, the NCAA ended its licensing agreement with EA Sports after its expiration in June 2014. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "How former ASU QB Sam Keller pushed over 'first domino' to NCAA name, likeness reform," 31 Oct. 2019 The accounting was somewhat complicated by the fact that about 30% of Greinke’s contract is deferred, to be paid in annual installments for five years after its expiration. Ben Reiter, SI.com, "How the Astros Nabbed Zack Greinke and Built a Postseason Rotation for the Ages," 1 Oct. 2019 The electronics chain will close its two-level, 35,000-square-foot store in November, as the 10-year lease nears its expiration. Ryan Ori, chicagotribune.com, "Best Buy closing store in former John Hancock Center, creating another Mag Mile vacancy," 22 July 2019 The handover still has another phase ahead: the expiration of China’s agreement to honor Hong Kong’s Basic Law. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "How Hong Kong’s complex history explains its current crisis with China," 7 Aug. 2019 The nonprofit has been in lease limbo with the city following the October 2015 expiration of its previous rental agreement, which was executed in 1962. Jennifer Van Grove, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Timken Museum lease agreement sets precedent for Balboa Park institutions," 4 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of expiration

1526, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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30 Nov 2019

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“Expiration.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expiration?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=e&file=expira01. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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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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