Definition of expire in English:



  • 1[no object] (of a document, authorization, or agreement) come to the end of the period of validity.

    ‘his driving licence expired’
    • ‘Ex-patriots must make extra trips to the police station permit section if the documents often expire at different times.’
    • ‘The credit period extended by this Agreement shall expire in any event fifty-one weeks from the date of this Agreement.’
    • ‘‘In this way, by 2011, when the 1961 Water Agreement expires, we will not need to renew it,’ he said.’
    • ‘It has been negotiating a new enterprise agreement with the union since the last document expired in December, 1999.’
    • ‘When her initial six-month agreement expired, she renewed and, by the end of the first year, had exceeded her targets.’
    • ‘At the end of all this, when the planning permission has expired, what will happen to the land at The Hoskers?’
    • ‘A maximum of five refills may be authorized; if refills are indicated, the prescription expires six months from the date written.’
    • ‘If you hate your current provider the end of your contract seems like a lifetime away but if you love your provider, you probably don't even know when your subscriber agreement expires.’
    • ‘An existing work agreement expires on August 14 and negotiations for a new one have broken down.’
    • ‘He has since been taken into custody by Indian authorities because his visa expired.’
    • ‘The agreement expires in September 2004 but already the International Monetary Fund has signalled that a new agreement will be discussed on September 23.’
    • ‘The company justified its refusal to rehire the contract workers by claiming that their work agreements had expired.’
    • ‘The two sides agreed to resume negotiations a few minutes before midnight June 25 when the old agreement expired.’
    • ‘The current five-year lease agreement expires in 2002.’
    • ‘The nearly 10,000 flight attendants have been working without a new contract since their old agreement expired at the end of 1996.’
    • ‘You will of course be aware that unless the council decides otherwise, your Agreement will expire automatically on 31 March 2004 and no funding will be payable after then in any event.’
    • ‘‘It was signed off before the old agreement had even expired,’ she said.’
    • ‘The last collective agreement expired in July 2002 but a new contract has not been established despite extensive negotiations and mediation.’
    • ‘The dairy price support program expires May 31, 2002.’
    • ‘The old collective agreement expired in May and talks began shortly thereafter.’
    run out, become invalid, become void, be no longer valid, lapse, cease, become obsolete
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    1. 1.1(of a period of time) come to an end.
      ‘the three-year period has expired’
      • ‘The president, whose five-year term expires in February next year, is constitutionally barred from seeking another term.’
      • ‘You were allowed to leave eight months before your term expired.’
      • ‘The statement said he did not intend to leave office before his term expires in another five years.’
      • ‘Second was the class of persons who had exceptional leave with a limit on duration, where that duration had not expired when they left and then returned to the United Kingdom.’
      • ‘After his 10-month term expired, he requested a one-year renewal.’
      • ‘And yet today he faces a recall effort that could very well end his presidency two years before his term expires.’
      • ‘His term expired at the end of this year's championship.’
      • ‘It would offer temporary work cards to illegals already in the country, but workers must leave after the period expires.’
      • ‘Nine days before his leave expired, on 5 August 1994, he applied for asylum.’
      • ‘The hyper-realism of his early work, captured in the first four spy movies, is an ancient memory, a golden age now expired.’
      • ‘When his six-year term expired, his appointment was not renewed and he left Sydney on October 22, 1831.’
      • ‘The caption of the photograph of each Nominating Committee member identifies the person's job title and location and the year her term expires.’
      • ‘However, he isn't worried that, with two months expired since he left Turf Moor, he is still to find employment.’
      • ‘The service costs US $10, and if the three-year period expires before the subscriber does, the customer can renew.’
      • ‘The National Conference president also predicted that he will not hand over reigns of power to Congress after his three year term expires in November 2005.’
      • ‘Pilots were also informed that they will be required to pay the full €15,000 cost of the training if they leave the airline before the five years has expired.’
      • ‘T will recover the use of the property when S's 25-year term expires.’
      • ‘On payment of a dowry, the man enjoys full marital rights, with no ongoing responsibility for any resultant children once the stated term expires.’
      • ‘He himself will retire from the company next year when his second five-year term expires.’
      • ‘There have been no indications on whether the team want him to stay beyond the summer of 2006 when his three-year term expires.’
      • ‘That way he might leave the job when his term has expired with more allies than he has right now.’
  • 2(of a person) die.

    ‘the lady had expired bearing her lord a son’
    • ‘I pity such detractors, because if their spirits were not massively moved by the tragedy of a great hero expiring on the battlefield, they must be blocks of stones.’
    • ‘On the plus side, the fact that I'm here means I didn't expire in a blazing fireball.’
    • ‘My father expired in 1973, when we were all minors.’
    • ‘When I limited her to one suitcase for our England trip the woman almost expired.’
    • ‘Igneous, who at times has been comical and brutal, transforms here, and when he finally expires, all alone but with love in his heart, it's a touching and sympathetic finale.’
    • ‘Our last Betamax player expired some ten years ago.’
    • ‘The mortality rate within the ghettos rose and people expired on the street.’
    • ‘President Kennedy had been shot dead in Dallas a few hours before the writer expired, with the result that hardly any attention was paid to Huxley's achievements in the following day's newspapers.’
    • ‘If someone starves, a hero will give up their own food and die before letting that person expire.’
    • ‘Although Laura's exertions keep her warm, the Damps give poor Sophia ‘a galloping Consumption’, and she soon expires, too.’
    • ‘Given their age and infirmity lots of these people have since expired - naturally - over the years.’
    • ‘Two patients developed respiratory infection and expired during the hospital stay.’
    • ‘The window of the room will be opened as the dying person expires to allow the spirit to escape the confines of the worldly building.’
    • ‘If two doctors agree that the condition has reached the point of no return then it should be agreed to let the person expire with dignity.’
    • ‘One of my fantasies involves covering the room with strong perfumes through some gadget that kicks in a few hours after I've presumably expired.’
    • ‘Forensic accounting is often regarded in the same way as forensic medicine, a resource only called upon when the patient has expired.’
    • ‘According to school legend they were taken to the sanatorium, where they would expire after a week or so without ever being able to utter another word.’
    die, pass away, pass on, decease, perish, depart this life, be no more, breathe one's last, draw one's last breath, meet one's end, meet one's death, meet one's maker, give up the ghost, go to the great beyond, cross the great divide, shuffle off this mortal coil, go the way of all flesh, go the way of the flesh, go to one's last resting place
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  • 3technical [with object] Exhale (air) from the lungs.

    ‘the volume of expired air’
    • ‘As the workload increased in the overhead exercise relative to the chest exercise, an increase in the quantity of air inspired and expired was observed.’
    • ‘The crowd seemed suddenly lifeless, as if all wind had expired from their lungs.’
    • ‘An index of alcohol intoxication was measured with a fuel-cell analyzer in air expired after breath was held for 15 sec.’
    • ‘The vocal cords vibrate when air is expired through the glottis, creating sound waves in the column of air within the pharynx, nose, and mouth.’
    • ‘The drug is primarily metabolized by the lungs and expired as carbon dioxide.’
    breathe out, exhale, puff out, blow out, expel, emit
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Late Middle English: from Old French expirer, from Latin exspirare breathe out, from ex- out + spirare breathe.