American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To come to an end; terminate: My membership in the club has expired.
- v. To breathe one's last breath; die: The patient expired early this morning.
- v. To exhale; breathe out.
- v. To breathe (something) out.
- v. Archaic To give (something) off.
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.
- v. intransitive to die
- v. intransitive to become invalid
- v. intransitive to exhale; to breathe (out).
- v. transitive to exhale (something).
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To breathe out; to emit from the lungs; to throw out from the mouth or nostrils in the process of respiration; -- opposed to
- v. To give forth insensibly or gently, as a fluid or vapor; to emit in minute particles; to exhale
- v. obsolete To emit; to give out.
- v. obsolete To bring to a close; to terminate.
- v. To emit the breath.
- v. To emit the last breath; to breathe out the life; to die
- v. To come to an end; to cease; to terminate; to perish; to become extinct
- v. obsolete To burst forth; to fly out with a blast.
- v. pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life
- v. expel air
- v. lose validity
- From Latin ex- ("out") + spīro ("breathe, be alive") (Wiktionary)
- Middle English expiren, from Old French expirer, from Latin exspīrāre : ex-, ex- + spīrāre, to breathe. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Justice David Prosser, one of the four-justice unofficial conservative majority, sees his term expire this year.”
“If conflicts come up, instead of taking all the group's time to address the issues you can simply let the term expire and the group dissolve.”
“Dictator during the years of the Republic had his term expire after only a year, yet during that year no-one would argue that during that year there was no dictatorship, even though they often stepped down willingly at the end of their term.”
“Cindy Neathawk, who became vice chairwoman in 2008, will also see her term expire this year, but on Monday she asked the council to be appointed for another term.”
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“Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's United Progressive Alliance will see its term expire in May, and India's election rules mean that he can no longer enact any significant policies — a measure adopted to prevent incumbents from stacking the deck with populist sops.”
“There are ways to remove the Presidentimpeachment &removal, don’t re-elect him, let his term expire, etc., but there is no way soldiers would ever even attempt this.”
“But the net effect of Obama's proposal, as compared with the current law which would let all of the Bush tax cuts expire, is a tax cut for 98 percent of taxpayers.”
“What happens after those two months expire is still unclear, but what is certain is that the United States will have abandoned any leverage with Israel and any chance of brokering a peace accord.”
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