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
Recent Examples on the Web The packaging of the medicine looked visibly battered by the scorching sun and the cardboard was peeling leaving the expiry dates and batch numbers barely visible. Amindeh Blaise Atabong, Quartz Africa, "African countries are trying to work together to stop a borderless fake drug problem," 20 Jan. 2020 The Reds had not received international clearance for Pedro Chirivella Burgos following the expiry of his loan agreement last season with Spanish outfit Extremadura Union Deportiva. SI.com, "Liverpool Avoid Carabao Cup Expulsion as EFL Decide on Sizeable Fine Instead," 2 Oct. 2019 Wedbush had earlier estimated about 763 million shares will hit the market upon the lockup expiry. BostonGlobe.com, "Uber stock sinks to record low as IPO share lockup expires - The Boston Globe," 7 Nov. 2019 Spurs are unwilling to let one of their prized assets leave for free upon the expiry of his deal in June, and could be keen on making a profit before the end of the season. SI.com, "Real Madrid Cool Interest in Christian Eriksen 'Due to Form of Returning Youngster'," 24 Oct. 2019 With Eriksen yet to agree fresh terms ahead of the expiry of his current contract, the Dane is a wanted man among Europe's elite - and can sign a pre-contract agreement with non-British clubs in January. SI.com, "PSG Enter Race for Tottenham's Christian Eriksen Ahead of Contract Expiry Next Summer," 20 Oct. 2019 All of the legal arguments that shield Trump from scrutiny and accountability have a built-in expiry date. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Trump’s Legal Immunity Has a Countdown Clock," 17 Oct. 2019 Other alternatives include Fed funds futures, which allow traders to speculate where the official Fed funds rate will be at the time of the contract expiry. Washington Post, "Yield Curve Blurry? Try Out These Slowdown Predictors," 19 Sep. 2019 The lockup expiry was brought ahead from Sept. 24, as the original date would have fallen within Lyft’s blackout period ahead of third-quarter earnings. Washington Post, "Deere shares increase despite profit drop," 17 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of expiry

1752, in the meaning defined above

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“Expiry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expiry. Accessed 7 Apr. 2020.

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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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