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Princeton's WordNet

  1. run out, expire(verb)

    lose validity

    "My passports expired last month"

  2. die, decease, perish, go, exit, pass away, expire, pass, kick the bucket, cash in one's chips, buy the farm, conk, give-up the ghost, drop dead, pop off, choke, croak, snuff it(verb)

    pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life

    "She died from cancer"; "The children perished in the fire"; "The patient went peacefully"; "The old guy kicked the bucket at the age of 102"

  3. exhale, expire, breathe out(verb)

    expel air

    "Exhale when you lift the weight"


  1. expire(Verb)

    to die

    The old librarian will expire next week.

  2. expire(Verb)

    to become invalid

    My library card will expire next week.

  3. expire(Verb)

    to exhale; to breathe (out).

  4. expire(Verb)

    to exhale (something).

    He escaped the garage and will expire the carbon monoxide he had been breathing.

  5. Origin: From ex- + spiro

Webster Dictionary

  1. Expire(verb)

    to breathe out; to emit from the lungs; to throw out from the mouth or nostrils in the process of respiration; -- opposed to inspire

  2. Expire(verb)

    to give forth insensibly or gently, as a fluid or vapor; to emit in minute particles; to exhale; as, the earth expires a damp vapor; plants expire odors

  3. Expire(verb)

    to emit; to give out

  4. Expire(verb)

    to bring to a close; to terminate

  5. Expire(verb)

    to emit the breath

  6. Expire(verb)

    to emit the last breath; to breathe out the life; to die; as, to expire calmly; to expire in agony

  7. Expire(verb)

    to come to an end; to cease; to terminate; to perish; to become extinct; as, the flame expired; his lease expires to-day; the month expired on Saturday

  8. Expire(verb)

    to burst forth; to fly out with a blast

  9. Origin: [L. expirare, exspirare, expiratum, exspiratum; ex out + spirare to breathe: cf. F. expirer. See Spirit.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Expire

    eks-pīr′, v.t. to breathe out: to emit or throw out from the lungs: to emit in minute particles.—v.i. to breathe out the breath of life: to die out (of fire): to die: to come to an end.—adj. Expī′rable, that may expire or come to an end.—ns. Expī′rant, one expiring; Expirā′tion, the act of breathing out: (obs.) death: end: that which is expired.—adj. Expī′ratory, pertaining to expiration, or the emission of the breath.—p.adj. Expī′ring, dying: pertaining to or uttered at the time of dying.—n. Expī′ry, the end or termination: expiration. [Fr. expirer—L. ex, out, spirāre, -ātum, to breathe.]

Editors Contribution

  1. expire

    For a document, authorization, or agreement come to the end of the period of validity.

    The Director said the fundraising agreement was due to expire at the end of July so the fundraising team had to renegotiate with the corporate organization.

    Submitted by MC Harmonious on March 29, 2017  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of expire in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of expire in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of expire in a Sentence

  1. liam mahone:

    I aspire to inspire before I expire.

  2. Raja Shafqat Khan:

    The cards will not be extended, they expire at the end of this year.

  3. Eugene Pak:

    Set a term for your distribution agreements to expire. Most states prohibit termination without cause.

  4. Naysan Rafati:

    It's not accurate to say the deal expires, certain clauses of the deal expire and a lot of the key clauses don't expire.

  5. John Kilduff:

    Seems like there is volatility with the U.S. August contract set to expire and the weak equities are not helping either.

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