from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To come to an end; terminate: My membership in the club has expired.
- intransitive v. To breathe one's last breath; die: The patient expired early this morning.
- intransitive v. To exhale; breathe out.
- transitive v. To breathe (something) out.
- transitive v. Archaic To give (something) off.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to die
- v. to become invalid
- v. to exhale; to breathe (out).
- v. to exhale (something).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To breathe out; to emit from the lungs; to throw out from the mouth or nostrils in the process of respiration; -- opposed to
- transitive v. To give forth insensibly or gently, as a fluid or vapor; to emit in minute particles; to exhale
- transitive v. To emit; to give out.
- transitive v. To bring to a close; to terminate.
- intransitive v. To emit the breath.
- intransitive v. To emit the last breath; to breathe out the life; to die
- intransitive v. To come to an end; to cease; to terminate; to perish; to become extinct
- intransitive v. To burst forth; to fly out with a blast.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To breathe out; expel from the mouth or nostrils in the process of respiration; emit from the lungs: opposed to inspire.
- To give out or forth insensibly or gently, as a fluid or volatile matter; exhale; yield.
- To exhaust; wear out; bring to an end.
- To emit the breath: opposed to inspire. Specifically
- To emit the last breath; die.
- To come to an end; close or conclude, as a given period; come to nothing; cease; terminate; fail or perish; end: as, the lease will expire on the first day of May; all his hopes of empire expired.
- To come out; fly out.
- Synonyms Perish, etc. See die.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life
- v. expel air
- v. lose validity
Middle English expiren, from Old French expirer, from Latin exspīrāre : ex-, ex- + spīrāre, to breathe.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin ex- ("out") + spīro ("breathe, be alive") (Wiktionary)