expire

verb
ex·​pire | \ ik-ˈspī(-ə)r How to pronounce expire (audio) , usually for intransitive sense 3 and transitive sense 2 ek- \
expired; expiring

Definition of expire

intransitive verb

1 : to breathe one's last breath : die
2 : to come to an end: such as
a : to exceed its period of validity The contract will expire next month.
b : to pass its expiration date (see expiration date sense 2) This milk has expired. " … when drugs expire, you can't just leave these things lying around."— Ed Haislmaier
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 student loan payment pause is expected to expire September 30, 2021. Kori Hale, Forbes, 3 June 2021 Oregon’s new law gives protections to those homeowners, who have been in danger of facing foreclosure ever since lawmakers allowed the state’s ban on foreclosures to expire at the end of December. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, 2 June 2021 States cover 10 percent of Medicaid costs after federal incentives expire. al, 2 June 2021 That’s important because EUAs expire when a public health emergency ends. Los Angeles Times, 2 June 2021 Health care providers, in partnership with binational government entities, are working on getting the COVID-19 vaccines to vulnerable groups along the international border before doses expire. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 1 June 2021 Mayor Frank Jackson on Thursday announced that his proclamation declaring the coronavirus a civil emergency would expire at the end of May. Robert Higgs, cleveland, 31 May 2021 Schools and businesses will still be able to set their own requirements, including for masking and distancing, after the state orders expire. Jordan Kellogg, The Enquirer, 31 May 2021 Health care providers, in partnership with binational government entities, are working on getting the COVID-19 vaccines to vulnerable groups along the international border before doses expire. Rafael Carranza, The Arizona Republic, 30 May 2021

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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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The first known use of expire was in the 15th century

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6 Jun 2021

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“Expire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expire. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce expire (audio) \
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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