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

Another deal that expires later today, November 3rd, is Amazon’s decent savings on its Fire tablets. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "$100 off an Xbox One console with Red Dead Redemption 2 deal expires today, plus other tech deals," 3 Nov. 2018 Roberto Garza Palacios was accused of being unlawfully present in the U.S. after overstaying a work visa that expired in 2009, Fox 5 DC reported Friday. Fox News, "ICE arrests man in Maryland crash that killed FBI agent, fire marshal," 2 Oct. 2018 Exxon spokesman Scott Silvestri said the major oil company won’t renew its membership, which expired last month. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Scott Pruitt is still under investigation by EPA watchdog," 13 July 2018 The former trade framework, which expired in early 2017, covered everything from how many U.S. movies China would accept into its cinemas to when and how the titles could be released to how much revenue foreign studios could ultimately take home. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, "Will Hollywood Get Caught in Trump's China Trade War Crossfire?," 13 July 2018 Protesters want the city to end its arrest information contract with ICE, which expires in August. Aubrey Nagle, Philly.com, "ICE protester sues Philly police, young Pa. farmers shake up industry | Morning Newsletter," 11 July 2018 The Ivorian currently has one year left on his Nice contract and is understood to have a £35m release clause which expires on 15th July. SI.com, "Fulham Join Rivals Chelsea in Race for OGC Nice Star With Antonio Conte's Future Still Unclear," 7 July 2018 The limited offer, which expires July 15, gives pass holders first dibs at online reservations for the rest of the year, according to SeaWorld’s website. Gabrielle Russon, OrlandoSentinel.com, "SeaWorld Orlando offers promotion for first Infinity Falls access," 5 July 2018 Village President Larry Levin will appoint a replacement for Cornell to serve the remainder of his term that expires in April 2019. Daniel I. Dorfman, chicagotribune.com, "A Glencoe village trustee and park district commissioner have announced their resignations," 3 July 2018

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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

: 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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