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 same goes for the 2010 New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START), which is set to expire in 2021. The Economist, "Vladimir Putin’s hopes for his long-awaited meeting with Donald Trump," 14 July 2018 With his previous contract set to expire next summer, McBurnie has now extended his stay in south Wales until 2021, with the option of a fourth year. SI.com, "Swansea City Confirm New Three-Year Contract for Talented Young Striker," 12 July 2018 Nevada is required by law to use lethal injection for executions and some of the batches on hand are set to expire soon. Ken Ritter And Michelle L. Price, Time, "Nevada Delays Its First Execution in 12 Years After a Drug Company Objects," 12 July 2018 That’s when the National Flood Insurance Program is set to expire unless lawmakers extend it for a seventh consecutive time since the end of fiscal 2017. Daniel Cusick, Scientific American, "As Hurricane Season Ramps Up, Flood Insurance Program Set to Expire," 11 July 2018 Schnatter's term on the board isn't set to expire until January 2022, according to the university's website. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, "NAACP says Schnatter should resign as University of Louisville trustee," 11 July 2018 Hussain's five-year student visa was set to expire on July 8. refinery29.com, "Why Was A Pakistani 23-Year-Old Detained Despite Having A Student Visa?," 11 July 2018 Katai arrived in Chicago during the winter transfer window from Spanish club Alaves in a deal that was set to expire on July 31. Juan Pimiento, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago Fire secure midfielder Katai on a permanent transfer," 11 July 2018 Still, no one was charged in the case for almost 10 years when the statute of limitations was set to expire. Felicia Fonseca, Fox News, "Arizona man sentenced to 8 years in death of teen girlfriend," 10 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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