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 By March 30, the nation of 26 million had doled out 40,153 shots — well short of the monthly output needed to stay on schedule before the AstraZeneca vials expire in September. Washington Post, "Ivory Coast is falling behind its vaccination schedule. Health workers fear thousands of shots could expire.," 4 Apr. 2021 On the other hand, the Target REDCard gives you a 5% discount on your Target purchases immediately, without having to worry about racking up rewards for a future purchase or tracking when points expire. Jennifer Yellin, CNN Underscored, "These are our favorite store credit cards for 2021," 1 Apr. 2021 When those minutes expire, the site takes wagers on the next 10. New York Times, "The Gambling Company That Had the Best Pandemic Ever," 26 Mar. 2021 That decision comes after the Fed did something that in theory could hinder bank payouts, which was to let the exemption expire for Treasurys and central bank reserves in measures of how leveraged big banks are. Telis Demos, WSJ, "Payday Might Be Coming for U.S. Bank Investors," 26 Mar. 2021 Today is quad witching, the third Friday of the month of every quarter, as index and stock futures expire along with index and stock options. Brendan Ahern, Forbes, "US Treasury Yields Give Asia Altitude Sickness, Week In Review," 19 Mar. 2021 Next month, Lamont is scheduled to lose his extraordinary powers to change state laws, and then some authority will shift back to the legislature as his powers expire. Christopher Keating, courant.com, "Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont’s poll ratings doubled in COVID year, but extraordinary powers and federal money will eventually run out," 15 Mar. 2021 Take note of when things expire and throw them away. oregonlive, "Why Tho? A husband’s revolting habit and a grandma’s desperate plea," 11 Mar. 2021 The plan is expected to pass along party lines and head to Mr. Biden's desk before key unemployment programs expire on March 14. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Third stimulus check: How soon might you receive a $1,400 check?," 10 Mar. 2021

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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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7 Apr 2021

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“Expire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expire. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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More Definitions for expire

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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