expire

verb
ex·​pire | \ ik-ˈspī(-ə)r , usually for senses vi 3 and vt 2 ek-\
expired; expiring

Definition of expire

intransitive verb

1 : to breathe one's last breath : die
2 : to come to an end
3 : to emit the breath

transitive verb

1 obsolete : conclude
2 : to breathe out from or as if from the lungs
3 archaic : emit

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Examples of expire in a Sentence

My driver's license has expired. She expired after a long illness. measuring the volume of air expired from the lungs
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Recent Examples on the Web

The 26-year-old has agreed a three-year deal worth £15m, and will arrive on a free transfer having left Arsenal when his contract expired at the end of June. SI.com, "Former Arsenal Midfielder Jack Wilshere Set to Join Premier League Rivals West Ham Next Week," 8 July 2018 When the last contract expired in June 2015, negotiations turned contentious. Sarah Freishtat, Aurora Beacon-News, "East Aurora union contract expires with no replacement on the table," 3 July 2018 In a joint statement, the city and the Police Department said the pilot program ended last week when the contract with Amazon expired. Julie Creswell, New York Times, "Orlando Pulls the Plug on Its Amazon Facial Recognition Program," 25 June 2018 Estelle closed at 901 K St. when its lease expired in August 2016 and opened in Downtown Commons in late March 2018. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Downtown developer exaggerated building size to charge bakery higher rent, jury rules," 16 June 2018 Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Thursday the U.S. will impose the 25 percent tariffs on steel imports, and 10 percent tariffs on aluminum imports, when a previous exemption expires at midnight. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "Paul Ryan breaks with Trump on tariffs," 31 May 2018 The Owls' reported interest in Saarloos added him to the list of potential candidates for the head coaching position, which will be vacant when Wayne Graham's contract expires in June. Joseph Duarte, Houston Chronicle, "Potential candidates for Rice baseball job," 30 May 2018 The government may also get tough with firms that prevent their drugs from being copied when patents expire. The Economist, "Business this week," 17 May 2018 Unfortunately, using Windows 7 after support expires is playing with fire. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "For some, the glory days of Microsoft are ending in about a year," 18 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of expire

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for expire

Middle English, from Middle French or Latin; Anglo-French espirer to breathe out, from Latin exspirare, from ex- + spirare to breathe

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expire

verb

English Language Learners Definition of expire

: to end : to no longer be valid after a period of time
formal : to die
medical : to breathe out (air)

expire

verb
ex·​pire | \ ik-ˈspīr \
expired; expiring

Kids Definition of expire

1 : to come to an end Your membership expired.
3 : to breathe out : exhale

expire

verb
ex·​pire | \ ik-ˈspī(ə)r, usually for vi 2 and vt ek-\
expired; expiring

Medical Definition of expire

intransitive verb

1 : to breathe one's last breath : die
2 : to emit the breath

transitive verb

: to breathe out from or as if from the lungs the basal metabolism test…measures the amount of carbon dioxide expired by the lungs— J. D. Ratcliff

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