expire

verb
ex·​pire | \ ik-ˈspī(-ə)r How to pronounce expire (audio) , 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 suspect, now in his 70s, was arrested and charged with 13 murders, the statute of limitations for rape having expired. Allysia Finley, WSJ, "The Making of a DNA Detective," 15 Feb. 2019 Now, decades after the ERA deadline has expired, there is a resurgence in the women’s movement and related causes, like #MeToo, which call attention to the longstanding abuse of and discrimination against women in this country. Kate Kelly, Teen Vogue, "Why the United States Constitution Needs An Equal Rights Amendment," 29 Oct. 2018 Other numbers listed under Solis' name were expired or went to nondescript mailboxes. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "They bought tickets to a bogus sushi festival. Now they can’t get their money back," 11 July 2018 Amos could also be on the move, with an expiring contract. Andrew Seligman, The Seattle Times, "Bears come to grips with cruel end to breakthrough season," 7 Jan. 2019 The Land and Water Conservation Fund is set to expire in September, and earlier Wednesday Burr led a news conference to call for its extension. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Senate Kills Trump’s Phony ‘Spending Clawback’ Bill," 20 June 2018 When time expired and the helmets and sticks were tossed into the air, the Washington Capitals poured onto the ice, and a celebration decades in the making ensued. Author: Rick Maese, Anchorage Daily News, "Capitals, and Washington, celebrate a Stanley Cup victory decades in the making," 8 June 2018 The 26-year-old has agreed a three-year deal worth £15m, and will arrive on a free transfer having left Arsenal when his contract expired at the end of June. SI.com, "Former Arsenal Midfielder Jack Wilshere Set to Join Premier League Rivals West Ham Next Week," 8 July 2018 When the last contract expired in June 2015, negotiations turned contentious. Sarah Freishtat, Aurora Beacon-News, "East Aurora union contract expires with no replacement on the table," 3 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
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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