- 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 expiringquit, finish, depart, conclude, die, lapse, terminate, cease, pass, close, decease, elapse, end, perish, stop, go, croak, exhale, emit, expel
Examples from the Web for expiring
Contemporary Examples of expiring
They already knew about Stalin expiring, as that was what the amnesty was for.Prisoners Get Cultural Fix with 8-Tracks and Bootleg Cassettes
August 18, 2014
Later generations of medieval copyists would do the same—inserting doctrinal formulae into the mouths of expiring martyrs.The Death of Jesus and the Rise of the Christian Persecution Myth
March 31, 2013
We knew the Bush tax cuts were expiring, we knew the sequestration cuts were coming in.Fiscal Cliff a ‘Self-Inflicted Crisis,’ Says John Avlon
December 5, 2012
Historical Examples of expiring
"But he will come," she thought swiftly, to cover the pang of that expiring hope.The Innocent Adventuress
Mary Hastings Bradley
"'It's a blinkin' day-dream," returned Joe, forcing the car to an expiring spurt.The Burning Spear
"Can't think when yer drunk, Pete," he muttered with an expiring grin.The Vagrant Duke
The grant, however, was expiring, and he petitioned the queen that it might be renewed.Queen Elizabeth
It was the expiring tribute of allegiance to the chief he adored.Charles O'Malley, The Irish Dragoon, Volume 2 (of 2)
- (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 expiring
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.