- to come to an end; terminate, as a contract, guarantee, or offer.
- to emit the last breath; die.
- to breathe out.
- to die out, as a fire.
- to breathe out; emit (air) from the lungs.
- Archaic. to give off, emit, or eject.
Origin of expire
Related Words for expirequit, finish, depart, conclude, die, lapse, terminate, cease, pass, close, decease, elapse, end, perish, stop, go, croak, exhale, emit, expel
Examples from the Web for expire
Contemporary Examples of expire
Higher courts, including the Supreme Court had refused to intercede, and the stay was to expire tonight.The Back Alley, Low Blow-Ridden Fight to Stop Gay Marriage in Florida Is Finally Over
January 5, 2015
The temporary reduction of Social Security payroll taxes was allowed to expire in early 2013.The Battle of the Deficit Bulge Has Been Won
October 6, 2014
Those negotiations are set to expire at the end of November.Iran Orders Elite Troops: Lay Off U.S. Forces in Iraq
October 6, 2014
Advocates stress that vets would suffer if the program were to expire in September.Dysfunctional Congress Prepares to Claim Another Victim: Injured Veterans
July 23, 2014
Patents, may I remind you, expire after 20 years, but copyrights to recordings can be enforced for a century or more.Apple Wants Beats So It Can Control You
May 12, 2014
Historical Examples of expire
Or if some victim must expire, strike here, and I will thank thee.Imogen
The corporal's leave did not expire till the evening of the following day.A Nest of Spies
He was hunted like a wild beast, till ready to expire with fatigue.Fox's Book of Martyrs
Rosseter's lease of the building was to expire in the following year.Shakespearean Playhouses
Joseph Quincy Adams
Mr. Adams's term of service in the Senate was to expire on March 3, 1809.John Quincy Adams
John. T. Morse
- (intr) to finish or run out; cease; come to an end
- to breathe out (air); exhale
- (intr) to die
Word Origin for expire
Word Origin and History for expire
c.1400, "to die," from Middle French expirer (12c.) "expire, elapse," from Latin expirare/exspirare "breathe out, breathe one's last, die," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + spirare "to breathe" (see spirit). "Die" is the older sense in English; that of "breathe out" is first attested 1580s. Of laws, patents, treaties, etc., mid-15c. Related: Expired; expiring.
- To breathe one's last breath; die.
- To exhale.