ex·​pired | \ ik-ˈspī(-ə)rd How to pronounce expired (audio) , ek- \

Definition of expired

1 formal : dead, deceased often used as a euphemistic or humorous alternative to dead A shovel, bucket, trash bags, and gloves are also useful items for cleaning up expired wildlife.— Jeffrey Price and Jeffrey Forrest… I've exercised my maternal instincts on him, doing a far better job of keeping him alive than all those expired plants now in the great compost pile in the sky.— Kerry QuinnThere, firmly lodged within the pipe and obstructing the flow of water, was a catfish. The expired creature was removed, brought on board, and mounted in the main passenger cabin for all to see.— John Laurence Busch
2 : no longer valid : having exceeded its period of validity expired licenses an expired contract … Mr. Adams uses homemade software to download online books with expired copyrights …— Michael M. Phillips
3 : having passed its expiration date (see expiration date sense 2) expired milk expired drugs … networks that now take us into the homes of people who treasure their expired tuna cans more than they do their children …— Carina Chocano
4 : emitted as or in a person's breath : breathed out … the person exhales into a container at regular intervals and technicians measure the amount of hydrogen in the expired air.— Colleen Sauber

First Known Use of expired

1631, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Expired.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expired. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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