expire[ek spīr′, ik-]
- Expire is defined as to breathe out, to die, or to come to an end.
- An example of expire is when someone dies of a heart attack.
- An example of expire is when food has rotted and has started growing mold.
- An example of expire is when an offer was good until May 1, 2012 and the clock strikes midnight on May 2nd 2012; the offer expires.
transitive verbexpired, expiring
- to breathe out (air from the lungs)
- Obsolete to give off (an odor, etc.)
Origin of expireMiddle English expiren ; from Classical Latin exspirare ; from ex-, out + spirare, to breathe: see spirit
- to breathe out air
- to breathe one's last breath; die
- to come to an end; terminate; cease: the lease expired
verbex·pired, ex·pir·ing, ex·pires
- To come to an end; terminate: My membership in the club has expired.
- To breathe one's last breath; die: The patient expired early this morning.
- To exhale; breathe out.
- To breathe (something) out.
- Archaic To give (something) off.
Origin of expireMiddle English expiren, from Old French expirer, from Latin exspīrāre : ex-, ex- + spīrāre, to breathe.
(third-person singular simple present expires, present participle expiring, simple past and past participle expired)
- (intransitive) to die
- The patient expired in hospital.
- (intransitive) to become invalid
- My library card will expire next week.
- (intransitive) to exhale; to breathe (out).
- to exhale (something).
- To give forth insensibly or gently, as a fluid or vapour; to emit in minute particles.
- To bring to a close; to terminate.
- (to exhale): inspire
From Middle French expirer, from Latin ex- (“out”) + spīro (“breathe, be alive”)