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expire

[ ik-spahyuhr ]
/ ɪkˈspaɪər /
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verb (used without object), ex·pired, ex·pir·ing.

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.

verb (used with object), ex·pired, ex·pir·ing.

to breathe out; emit (air) from the lungs.
Archaic. to give off, emit, or eject.

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Origin of expire

1375–1425; late Middle English <Latin ex(s)pīrāre to breathe out, equivalent to ex-ex-1 + spīrāre to breathe

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British Dictionary definitions for expire

expire
/ (ɪkˈspaɪə) /

verb

(intr) to finish or run out; cease; come to an end
to breathe out (air); exhale
(intr) to die

Derived forms of expire

expirer, noun

Word Origin for expire

C15: from Old French expirer, from Latin exspīrāre to breathe out, from spīrāre to breathe
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Medical definitions for expire

expire
[ ĭk-spīr ]

v.

To breathe one's last breath; die.
To exhale.
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