Definition of expiration in English:



  • 1North American The ending of the fixed period for which a contract is valid.

    ‘the expiration of the lease’
    • ‘He's more accustomed to payouts in the single-digit millions, though he did net $16.8 million this summer when he sold more shares nearing expiration.’
    • ‘Best of all, buyers can sell a contract before expiration and need to take possession of any bottles of wine only if they want to drink them.’
    • ‘All of the chains are keeping their doors open with the aid of strikebreakers hired in advance of the contract expiration.’
    • ‘Upon expiration of the rental period, however, the program is no longer readily accessible until ordered again.’
    • ‘He himself refused to renew his contract after its expiration on June 30, saying that ‘he was not able to work in such an atmosphere.’’
    • ‘All this comes at a bad time for Big Pharma, which is facing the imminent expiration of patents on many of its blockbusters and fewer-than-expected new drugs in the pipeline.’
    • ‘All staff effected by expiration of contract would be personally spoken to by the general or senior manager and only then confirmed in writing.’
    • ‘International students will have almost three months to comply with regulations following the expiration of their residency permits.’
    • ‘The end came with the expiration of his Internet account, and subsequent isolation from cyberspace.’
    • ‘The year end expiration of the bonus depreciation tax benefit, which was expected to boost outlays, had no major impact.’
    • ‘She sought to minimize losses from its patent expiration by getting FDA approval for an additional use under another brand name.’
    • ‘With the contract expiration looming large, both sides are meeting sixteen hours a day.’
    • ‘The effect of the policy has been to keep these soldiers in the service beyond the date of their enlistment contract's expiration.’
    • ‘The expiration of various derivatives contracts also helped gains, traders said.’
    • ‘On Sunday, both delegations in Kenya agreed to extend their ceasefire by two months beyond its scheduled expiration at the end of September.’
    • ‘Free agency allows an athlete to market himself or herself for the best possible price to any team upon the expiration of a contract.’
    • ‘Thus, the reappointment contract provides nontenured faculty with no expectation of continued service after the annual contract's expiration.’
    • ‘The extra month added onto the agreement was designed to shift the next contract's expiration to after the holiday season.’
    • ‘One day, each and every one of their contracts will be near expiration, and when that happens, they will need to negotiate.’
    • ‘He left at the expiration of his visa on March 10.’
    1. 1.1The end of a period of time.
      ‘the expiration of three years’
      • ‘An action under this section shall not be brought after the expiration of two years from the death of the deceased.’
      • ‘On expiration of the nine-year period, the property may be sold if wished.’
      • ‘The six month sentence will commence on the legal expiration of his 21 year sentence.’
      • ‘The expiration of the 800 days within which the Prime Minister promised to considerably improve living standards provoked mixed feelings among politicians.’
      • ‘Shares in newly listed search engine fell 2 per cent as investors braced for the expiration of a lockup period that has kept insiders at the web search company from selling stock.’
      • ‘They were sentenced to life imprisonment by the Judge, who also ordered that they not be released before the expiration of 20 years.’
      • ‘The Act stipulates that because it is more than six months before the expiration of five years since the last general elections, a by-election must be held.’
      death, dying, demise, passing, passing on, passing away, expiration, expiry
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  • 2technical Exhalation of breath.

    • ‘Examiners compared observed systolic pressure between inspiration and expiration, and subtracted the two values.’
    • ‘When listening to normal respiration, inspiration composes approximately one-third of the respiratory cycle and expiration the remaining two-thirds.’
    • ‘It is generally held that during breathing at rest expiration is a mainly ‘passive’ process, although some activity in expiratory muscles may maintain the outflow of air.’
    • ‘Static lung compliance was measured by an interrupter technique during a relaxed expiration from total lung capacity.’
    • ‘Ranging from full inspiration to full expiration, lung densities more than double.’
    gulp of air, inhalation, inspiration
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Late Middle English (denoting a vapor or exhalation): from Latin exspiratio(n-), from the verb exspirare (see expire).