expire

verb
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

Eriksen's future is of particular interest, with the Danish playmaker's contract expiring next summer. SI.com, "Mauricio Pochettino Insists Christian Eriksen Is in His 'Plans' Despite Wanting to Leave Tottenham," 14 Sep. 2019 The union's contract with GM expired Saturday night, but pacts with the company's crosstown rivals, Ford and Fiat Chrysler, were extended indefinitely. chicagotribune.com, "More than 49,000 auto workers go on strike after talks with General Motors break down," 16 Sep. 2019 The union's contract with GM expired Saturday night, but pacts with the company's crosstown rivals, Ford and Fiat Chrysler, were extended indefinitely. CBS News, "UAW hits GM with nationwide strike," 16 Sep. 2019 Contracts expired at the end of September 2018, and unrest escalated in July when talks between the coalition and Kaiser stalled. Los Angeles Times, "80,000-plus Kaiser workers may strike Oct. 14, but talks continue," 16 Sep. 2019 The union's contract with GM expired Saturday night, but pacts with the company's crosstown rivals, Ford and Fiat Chrysler, were extended indefinitely. Anchorage Daily News, "Auto workers strike nationwide against GM in contract dispute," 16 Sep. 2019 But that was too much time for Saints counterpart Drew Brees, who had three rapid-fire completions to set up a 58-yard field goal by Wil Lutz as time expired, consigning Houston to a 30-28 defeat. Si Wire, SI.com, "Jaguars vs. Texans Live Stream: Watch Online, TV Channel, Time," 15 Sep. 2019 Since the nationwide ban on high-capacity magazines expired in 2004, their use in the commission of crimes has increased three-fold. Diana Degette, The Denver Post, "DeGette: A federal ban of high-capacity magazines will save lives even as threat of gun violence grows," 10 Sep. 2019 That ban, which gun-control advocates criticized for its loopholes, expired in 2004 without action by Congress to renew it. Fortune, "These Are the Ideas in Play in (Another) U.S. Gun Debate," 9 Sep. 2019

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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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