Definition of Expire

1. Verb. Lose validity. "My passports expired last month"

Exact synonyms: Run Out
Generic synonyms: Discontinue
Derivative terms: Expiration

2. Verb. Pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life. "The old guy kicked the bucket at the age of 102"

3. Verb. Expel air. "Exhale when you lift the weight"
Exact synonyms: Breathe Out, Exhale
Generic synonyms: Breathe, Respire, Suspire, Take A Breath
Specialized synonyms: Snort, Blow
Derivative terms: Exhalation, Exhalation, Expiration, Expiratory
Antonyms: Inhale

Definition of Expire

1. v. t. To breathe out; to emit from the lungs; to throw out from the mouth or nostrils in the process of respiration; - - opposed to inspire.

2. v. i. To emit the breath.

Definition of Expire

1. Verb. (intransitive) to die ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) to become invalid ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive) to exhale; to breathe (out). ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) to exhale (something). ¹

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Definition of Expire

1. to come to an end [v -PIRED, -PIRING, -PIRES]

Medical Definition of Expire

1. 1. To breathe out; to emit from the lungs; to throw out from the mouth or nostrils in the process of respiration; opposed to inspire. "Anatomy exhibits the lungs in a continual motion of inspiring and expiring air." (Harvey) "This chafed the boar; his nostrils flames expire." (Dryden) 2. To give forth insensibly or gently, as a fluid or vapor; to emit in minute particles; to exhale; as, the earth expires a damp vapor; plants expire odors. "The expiring of cold out of the inward parts of the earth in winter." (Bacon) 3. To emit; to give out. 4. To bring to a close; to terminate. "Expire the term Of a despised life." (Shak) Origin: L. Expirare, exspirare, expiratum, exspiratum; ex out + spirare to breathe: cf. F. Expirer. See Spirit. 1. To emit the breath. 2. To emit the last breath; to breathe out the life; to die; as, to expire calmly; to expire in agony. 3. To come to an end; to cease; to terminate; to perish; to become extinct; as, the flame expired; his lease expires to-day; the month expired on Saturday. 4. To burst forth; to fly out with a blast. "The ponderous ball expires." Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Expire

expiratory centre
expiratory dyspnea
expiratory reserve volume
expiratory resistance
expiratory stridor
expire (current term)
expired gas

Literary usage of Expire

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Concordance to the English Poems of Thomas Gray by Albert Stanburrough Cook, Concordance Society (1908)
"expire. All eyes were bent on his experienced hand, ... That lost in long futurity expire. Hard 134. in my Breast the imperfect Joys expire. West 8. ..."

2. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1903)
"... at the regular city election, an election will be held for the term of four years to succeed the commissioners whose terms may then expire. ..."

3. Domestic Medicine: Or, a Treatise on the Prevention and Cure of Diseases by by William Buchan (1798)
"OF PERSONS WHO expire IN CONVULSION FITS, CONVULSION fits often ... to expire, fome attempts ought always to be made to ..."

4. pennsylvania archives by Pennsylvania State Library, Pennsylvania Dept. of Public Instruction, Pennsylvania Secretary of the Commonwealth (1875)
"... time of the partial Election will expire and at the next general Election the three Years will expire, computing from the gen- eial Election in 1778. ..."

5. Transactions of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers by American Institute of Electrical Engineers (1891)
"... occurring under the Rules : PRESIDENT. ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL. Term expires, 1892. VICE-PRESIDENTS. * MANAGERS. Terms expire, 1893. Terms expire, 1894 ..."

6. A Practical Treatise on the Law of Contracts, Not Under Seal: And Upon the by Joseph Chitty, Tompson Chitty (1841)
"When the notice should expire.—The general rule is, that the notice should be given half a year(u) before the expiration of the current year of the tenancy ..."

7. Municipal Franchises: A Description of the Terms and Conditions Upon which by Delos Franklin Wilcox (1911)
"Old grants relinquished; all franchise rights to expire on fixed date; Indianapolis settlement of 1899. —On March 3, 1899, an emergency street railway act ..."

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