ex·​pi·​ry | \ ik-ˈspī(-ə)r-ē How to pronounce expiry (audio) , ˈek-spə-rē How to pronounce expiry (audio) \
plural expiries

Definition of expiry

: expiration: such as
a : exhalation of breath
b : death
c : termination especially : the termination of a time or period fixed by law, contract, or agreement

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Examples of expiry in a Sentence

the expiry of the waiting period the expiry of a great empire is always a cataclysmic event

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Iran's oil exports have slumped since the expiry in May of waivers allowing some of its biggest customers, such as India, to continue buying without fear of US legal action. John Defterios And Mark Thompson, CNN, "OPEC prepares to extend oil production cuts," 1 July 2019 Pfizer executives say the business can power higher sales once the company works through the last of its big patent expiries. Jonathan D. Rockoff, WSJ, "Pfizer Narrows Guidance on Tougher Pricing, Generic Competition," 30 Oct. 2018 The agreement has been renewed three times since an original 2014 expiry date because the bank hadn’t yet met the standard required under the DPA in its sanctions-compliance program. Aruna Viswanatha, WSJ, "Standard Chartered Seeks Resolution With U.S. Over Iran Sanctions Breaches," 9 Oct. 2018 His contract was set for expiry this summer but the new deal will keep him at the Nou Camp for another three years until 2021, with the option of an additional two years on top of that. SI.com, "Barcelona Youngster Oriol Busquets Agrees New Contract With Staggering Release Clause," 4 July 2018 Hazard has been linked on and off with a move to Real Madrid for months and has so far stalled on signing a new Chelsea contract beyond his current deal's expiry in 2020. SI.com, "Eden Hazard Demands to 'Know' What the Summer Holds for Chelsea as He Considers Impact on Own Future," 11 June 2018 The expiry date of February 5th 2021 will come just days after the start of the next presidential term. The Economist, "What Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin ought to talk about in Helsinki," 12 July 2018 Copper contracts for delivery in the months and years to come have largely risen in line with those approaching their expiry dates. David Hodari, WSJ, "Copper Bounces to Five-Month High," 6 June 2018 That buyout clause reportedly expired on May 31, however, and Besiktas’ failure to meet the expiry date indicates that the Turkish side are not interested in pursuing a permanent transfer for their loan star. SI.com, "Besiktas Drop Interest in Brazilian Attacking Star to Leave Liverpool as Frontrunners," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of expiry

1752, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of expiry

chiefly British : the fact of expiring


ex·​pi·​ry | \ ik-ˈspī(ə)r-ē How to pronounce expiry (audio) , ˈek-spə-rē How to pronounce expiry (audio) \
plural expiries

Medical Definition of expiry

1 : exhalation of breath
2 : death

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