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 most recent order against Ramos expired in March 2014, court records show. Scott Dance, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland's strict gun laws could not prevent Capital Gazette shooting, spurring talk of changes," 2 July 2018 The 2,300 union workers who work at Marriott hotels in San Francisco including the Marriott Marquis and JW Marriott have a five-year contract expiring in August. Roland Li, SFChronicle.com, "SF Marriott hotel workers protest for higher pay, harrassment protections," 27 June 2018 There could be an opportunity in Fort Lauderdale, where the moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries expired in March. Marcia Heroux Pounds, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Want a job legally selling pot? You could be in luck: Florida's medical marijuana industry is beginning to take off," 25 June 2018 Elmaleh said her lease expired in April, and the landlord raised her rent by 40 percent. Rene Rodriguez, miamiherald, "Lincoln Road keeps growing — and its small businesses keep closing," 25 June 2018 The 2010 contract expired in June 2015, and between then and its renewal in February 2016, the Dynamo/ Dash continued to operate — and restrict field use — as normal. Marialuisa Rincon, Houston Chronicle, "Soccer field access creates dispute in The Woodlands," 20 June 2018 Her nursing licenses expired in 1996, records show, just as Scott Pruitt was building a small legal practice in Tulsa focused on defending Christians in religious liberty cases. Anchorage Daily News, "EPA chief Scott Pruitt tapped aide, donors to help wife land job at conservative group," 13 June 2018 Her term expired in April, just days before Pruitt resigned. Mandy Mclaren, The Courier-Journal, "Hal Heiner could become chairman of state ed board under rules change," 6 June 2018 Davis left the Texans when her year-long contract expired in April. Michelle Ruiz, Vanities, "“Crack Whores” and “Jelly Bellies”: A Former N.F.L. Cheerleader Reveals the Bullying and Body-Shaming Off the Field," 4 June 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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