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

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 If the license is not renewed within 30 days of expiry, the business must apply for a new license and pay the total new license fee of $5,300. Alexandra Kanik, San Antonio Express-News, 31 Mar. 2022 The announcement comes less than a year ahead of the expiry of the 20-year concessions granted to Macau’s casino operators. Zinnia Lee, Forbes, 17 Sep. 2021 Adding cards is sublimely simple: hold the physical card where the iPhone camera can see it and the number, name and expiry date will be read and appear on the iPhone screen as if by magic. David Phelan, Forbes, 9 Apr. 2022 The Mickey Mouse hand sanitizer from lot 20D21, with a June, 30, 2022, expiry, in blue, 2.11 fl oz bottles should also be discarded. Zoe Sottile, CNN, 2 Apr. 2022 Too many possessions ended with Dickinson or Brooks improvising with the shot clock nearing expiry, and the Wolverines turned the ball over four times in the span of 2:22 near the midway point of the half. Michael Cohen, Detroit Free Press, 17 Mar. 2022 Indonesia had to throw out 1.1 million vaccine doses that had been donated to the country, with the vast majority being close to expiry. David Meyer, Fortune, 20 Jan. 2022 Rich countries have also donated millions of doses close to their expiry date, leading some recipient countries to throw them away. David Meyer, Fortune, 18 Feb. 2022 Unless the digital currency manages to rise significantly before the options expiry takes place tomorrow, the aforementioned contracts will expire worthless. Charles Bovaird, Forbes, 29 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of expiry

1752, in the meaning defined above

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2 May 2022

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“Expiry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expiry. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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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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