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[ik-spahyuh r-ee, ek-spuh-ree]
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noun, plural ex·pi·ries.
  1. expiration of breath.
  2. an end or termination, as of life or a contract.
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Origin of expiry

First recorded in 1745–55; expire + -y3
Related formsnon·ex·pi·ry, noun, plural non·ex·pi·ries.
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Related Words for expiry

completion, expiry, closure, finish, resolution, retirement, result, outcome, issue, conclusion, exodus, withdrawal, departure, farewell, demise, evacuation, retreat, termination, period, ending

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British Dictionary definitions for expiry


noun plural -ries
    1. a coming to an end, esp of a contract period; terminationexpiry of a lease
    2. (as modifier)the expiry date
  1. death
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Word Origin and History for expiry


"close, termination," 1752, from expire + -y (1). Meaning "dying, death" is from 1790.

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