verb (used without object), ex·pired, ex·pir·ing.
verb (used with object), ex·pired, ex·pir·ing.
- expiration date,
- expiratory reserve volume,
- expiratory stridor,
- expired gas,
- explain away
Origin of expire
Examples from the Web for 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|Jay Michaelson|January 5, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The temporary reduction of Social Security payroll taxes was allowed to expire in early 2013.
Those negotiations are set to expire at the end of November.Iran Orders Elite Troops: Lay Off U.S. Forces in Iraq|Eli Lake|October 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Advocates stress that vets would suffer if the program were to expire in September.Dysfunctional Congress Prepares to Claim Another Victim: Injured Veterans|Tim Mak|July 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Patents, may I remind you, expire after 20 years, but copyrights to recordings can be enforced for a century or more.
In this condition he may perhaps live twelve hours, without any sensible pulse or heat, and then expire.A History of Epidemics in Britain (Volume I of II)|Charles Creighton
Everywhere our troops in the field, whose terms of three years will expire this spring, are re-enlisting for the war.A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital|John Beauchamp Jones
The copyrights of Milton's great works would, according to my noble friend's plan, expire in 1699.The Miscellaneous Writings and Speeches of Lord Macaulay, Vol. 4 (of 4)|Thomas Babington Macaulay
The colonel did not expire immediately, but was carried back into the station, while preparations were made for defence.
They would languish from this day, and might expire even in their cradle.First History of New Brunswick|Peter Fisher
Word Origin 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.