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 One provision of that deal -- an arms embargo on Iran -- is set to expire in October and the United States is currently lobbying the United Nations Security Council to extend it. Fox News, "US hits Iranian metal industry with sanctions as tensions bubble," 25 June 2020 Along with daily deals that expire after 24 hours, Amazon has also listed ongoing promotions that are available throughout the duration of the sale. Christie Calucchia, Southern Living, "10 Summer-Ready Dresses to Buy From Amazon’s Big Style Sale," 25 June 2020 Some governors have been able to funnel federal dollars from the $2 trillion CARES Act into rent relief funds as moratoriums expire. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "JPMorgan thinks it's time for investors to be more selective," 22 June 2020 The gun was seized as the man once had a permit for the weapon issued in Lake County, but allowed that permit to expire in April, 2019. cleveland, "Man drives through red light, causes crash; in car is loaded gun, $1,150 cash, marijuana: Cleveland Heights police blotter," 20 June 2020 The $600 weekly payments are due to expire in July with extension talks stuck. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Disease, recession, war games—why none of it seems to count as bad news for today’s investors," 18 June 2020 These benefits are set to expire in late July, which many economists warn could drain the economy of a vital stimulus. Jeff Stein, Washington Post, "White House divisions sow confusion about strategy on stimulus next steps," 18 June 2020 Key parts of the first three rounds of fiscal stimulus are set to expire in coming weeks. Saleha Mohsin, Bloomberg.com, "Mnuchin Says U.S. Can’t Shut Economy Even If Virus Resurges," 14 June 2020 Incumbents whose terms are set to expire in November are Laura Seifert in Position 1, Denise Ruiz in Position 2, board secretary Rebecca Hillenburg in Position 3 and president Tony Hopkins in Position 4. John Delapp, Houston Chronicle, "4 Friendswood ISD board posts up for election in fall," 11 June 2020

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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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29 Jun 2020

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“Expire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expire. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce expire (audio)

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)


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


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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