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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The case led to new football rules which abolished the payment of transfer fees for EU nationals playing within the EU and moving to another EU team on expiration of their employment contract. Ini-obong Nkang, Quartz Africa, "Europe’s search for soccer’s next big star is driving a modern-day slave trade," 14 Aug. 2019 The expiration of his release clause is surprising, with the fee modest for a defender of Alderweireld's quality. SI.com, "Tottenham Hopeful of New Toby Alderweireld Deal After Release Clause Expires," 26 July 2019 City leaders and comedians banded together earlier this year after it was revealed the Punch Line, which is operated by Live Nation, might have to move in August after the expiration of its current lease. Cicero Estrella, The Mercury News, "The Punch Line comedy club can LOL with long-term lease in San Francisco," 23 July 2019 DeWine signed the budget in his office Thursday at 9:47 a.m. after an all-nighter by his staff, and nearly 10 hours after the expiration of a temporary funding measure that kept the state government open while budget talks finalized. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland.com, "Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signs state budget bill; nixes ‘price transparency’ measures," 18 July 2019 The arrest and the expiration of his student visa led to him being banned from the campus for about three years. Olivia Sanchez, USA TODAY, "Suspect in disappearance, death of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck charged with murder," 10 July 2019 The arrest and the expiration of his student visa led to him being banned from the campus for about three years. CBS News, "Tech worker charged with murder in death of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck," 10 July 2019 As with any purchased or homemade product use care around people and pets and read all package instructions for use, placement and expiration information. Betty Cahill, The Denver Post, "How to get rid of ants in your yard and garden," 14 June 2019 Little signs are posted listing cooking and expiration times. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "Rice Balls, Subtle and Showy Alike, at Omusubi Gonbei," 12 Apr. 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 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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