Definition of expiry in English:



mass noun
  • 1British The end of the period for which something is valid.

    ‘the expiry of the patent’
    as modifier ‘an expiry date’
    • ‘A compensation scheme is being set up to reimburse those who have suffered personal financial loss due to expiry of tickets or unplanned accommodation costs.’
    • ‘International students in those two provinces now have the option of working up to 20 hours per week in off-campus employment, and the one-year period before student visa expiry has been pushed up to two.’
    • ‘Please send me your credit card number, expiry date, your name (as it is written on the card), your address, and the three-digit security number on the signature strip.’
    • ‘They advise homeowners not to worry if their existing windows or doors do not comply with the new legislation - there is no expiry date on the old style glass.’
    • ‘Upon expiry of their visas, the mother and daughter were unable to extend their stay in the country.’
    • ‘The expiry of the electoral integrity act will make this easier.’
    • ‘Member States are at liberty not to apply the six-year period beyond the date of expiry of a patent protecting the original medicinal product.’
    • ‘The original licence expiry date was to be 3rd November.’
    • ‘You will need a full passport, and it must have a minimum of six months remaining before expiry.’
    • ‘Their campaign slogan is that justice has no expiry date - but they have waited a long time.’
    • ‘In the case of a house valued at £135,000, on expiry of the lease the landlord can demand approximately £10,800 plus costs.’
    • ‘Most conscientious online retailers now ask for the three-digit security code on the back of the card in addition to the card number and expiry date.’
    • ‘In the case of periodic tenancies the legislature left landlords free to bring them to an end by the service and expiry of valid notices to quit.’
    • ‘I can't see what's wrong with an ‘automatic expiry date’ - laws are tough to remove from the statute books, laws which curtail freedoms should be watched.’
    • ‘Where the government has already granted the right to farm shellfish to non-Maori, agreements could be worked out on an individual basis and the contract re-negotiated on its expiry.’
    • ‘The notion of an injunction to restrain the use of an invention after the date of expiry of the patent to which it relates, seems anomalous, going against the very purpose of the patent system.’
    • ‘It is not too difficult for criminals to guess the card expiry date, which is required to validate a transaction, as these are issued in three-month blocks.’
    • ‘Accordingly the lease will continue until its contractual expiry date.’
    • ‘‘Yes, I'd like to increase my credit limit,’ I say, once the formalities of the credit card number and expiry date are out of the way.’
    • ‘Following the plaintiff's termination and expiry of working notice, the defendant contracted some work out to the plaintiff.’
    end, finish, termination, conclusion, discontinuation, cessation
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    1. 1.1 The end of a fixed period of time.
      ‘the expiry of the six-month period’
      • ‘The accused would be handed back to the Central Bureau of Investigation after the expiry of his remand period, they asserted.’
      • ‘After the expiry of the lease period, the landowner will be at his discretion to convert the land into a shopping complex or a multiplex.’
      • ‘The expiry of the limitation period explains why numerous agreement and events occurred on the following dates.’
      • ‘Three others lapsed due to expiry of the six-month application period, while one application was rejected by the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong.’
      • ‘If the court is to determine that there are special circumstances it must do so before the expiry of the six month period.’
      • ‘The charges came two days before expiry of the 90-day limit for him to be held without charges.’
      • ‘The expiry of the board's three-year tenure of office was announced by the Sport, Youth and Child Development Minister yesterday.’
      • ‘Previous practices created an expectation over time that leases over Crown lands are automatically re granted to existing holders on expiry of a term.’
      • ‘He claimed, that the company ‘has obtained the consent of the Ministry of Finance to sell its entire shareholding prior to the expiry of the lockup period’.’
      • ‘Where an information has been laid within the six-month period it can be amended after the expiry of that period.’
      • ‘The expiry of the transitional period on 30 June 2007 seems a long, long way away.’
      • ‘Some of the share dealing took place within weeks of expiry of the lock-in period agreed in the offering prospectus.’
      lapse, expiration, invalidity
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  • 2archaic Death.

    • ‘He was also supposed to have performed many more miracles after his expiry.’
    death, demise, passing, passing away, passing on, dying
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