Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To come to an end; terminate.
  • intransitive verb To breathe one's last breath; die.
  • intransitive verb To exhale; breathe out.
  • intransitive verb To breathe (something) out.
  • intransitive verb Archaic To give (something) off.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To emit the breath.
  • intransitive verb To emit the last breath; to breathe out the life; to die
  • intransitive verb To come to an end; to cease; to terminate; to perish; to become extinct
  • intransitive verb obsolete To burst forth; to fly out with a blast.
  • transitive verb To breathe out; to emit from the lungs; to throw out from the mouth or nostrils in the process of respiration; -- opposed to inspire.
  • transitive verb To give forth insensibly or gently, as a fluid or vapor; to emit in minute particles; to exhale
  • transitive verb obsolete To emit; to give out.
  • transitive verb obsolete To bring to a close; to terminate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb intransitive to die
  • verb intransitive to become invalid
  • verb intransitive to exhale; to breathe (out).
  • verb transitive to exhale (something).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life
  • verb expel air
  • verb lose validity

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English expiren, from Old French expirer, from Latin exspīrāre : ex-, ex- + spīrāre, to breathe.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin ex- ("out") + spīro ("breathe, be alive")

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