- 1 [no object] (Of a document, authorization, or agreement) cease to be valid, typically after a fixed period of time: the old contract had expiredMore example sentences
- The current five-year lease agreement expires in 2002.
- The nearly 10,000 flight attendants have been working without a new contract since their old agreement expired at the end of 1996.
- The old collective agreement expired in May and talks began shortly thereafter.
- 1.1(Of a period of time) come to an end: the three-year period has expiredMore example sentences
- The National Conference president also predicted that he will not hand over reigns of power to Congress after his three year term expires in November 2005.
- There have been no indications on whether the team want him to stay beyond the summer of 2006 when his three-year term expires.
- You were allowed to leave eight months before your term expired.
- 1.2(Of a person) die.More example sentences
- If two doctors agree that the condition has reached the point of no return then it should be agreed to let the person expire with dignity.
- The mortality rate within the ghettos rose and people expired on the street.
- If someone starves, a hero will give up their own food and die before letting that person expire.
- 2 [with object] • technical Exhale (air) from the lung.More example sentences
- The vocal cords vibrate when air is expired through the glottis, creating sound waves in the column of air within the pharynx, nose, and mouth.
- An index of alcohol intoxication was measured with a fuel-cell analyzer in air expired after breath was held for 15 sec.
- The drug is primarily metabolized by the lungs and expired as carbon dioxide.
late Middle English: from Old French expirer, from Latin exspirare 'breathe out', from ex- 'out' + spirare 'breathe'.