expire

[ ik-spahyuh r ]
/ ɪkˈspaɪər /

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.

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

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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Medicine definitions for expire

expire

[ ĭk-spīr ]

v.

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