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 news comes on the day Facebook’s right to appeal was due to expire. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Facebook to appeal UK regulator’s Cambridge Analytica fine," 21 Nov. 2018 Booker will certainly be a top target when his contract with Nike expires. Bryan Kalbrosky, azcentral, "Phoenix Suns' Devin Booker could be an NBA free agent soon ... in shoes," 10 July 2018 According to the station, Smith will leave due to family reasons when his contract expires this year, although there is no solid date yet. Robert Philpot, star-telegram, "A weekend anchor is leaving NBC 5. Here's who's replacing him," 9 July 2018 Tension between players and MLB’s central office remains palpable, and players seem, more than ever, ready to fight come 2021, when the collective bargaining agreement expires. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "MLB players survey: Sounding off on umps, shifts, steroids - and whether to strike back," 28 June 2018 The law permitting the cameras is due to expire next month, thanks to legislative flimflammery by State Senate Republicans. New York Times, "Caught on Speed Camera, a Senator Who’d Like to Shut Them Down," 26 June 2018 Muir, an Australian citizen, faces deportation when his prison sentence expires. Steve Vockrodt, kansascity, "American Indian tribes used by convicted payday lender Scott Tucker settle with feds," 26 June 2018 With its electric aggregation contract due to expire this fall, the village of Oak Park is preparing to seek new bids for its electricity. Steve Schering, chicagotribune.com, "Oak Park to seek new electric aggregation bids," 15 June 2018 Exclusions from metals tariffs for the European Union, Canada and Mexico are due to expire June 1. Andrew Mayeda, Bloomberg.com, "Turbulent Week for Trump's Trade Tactics Puts the World on Edge," 24 May 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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