verb (expired; expiring) Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French or Latin; Anglo-French espirer to breathe out, from Latin exspirare, from ex- + spirare to breathe Date: 15th century intransitive verb 1. to breathe one's last breath ; die 2. to come to an end 3. to emit the breath transitive verb 1. obsolete conclude 2. to breathe out from or as if from the lungs 3. archaic emit

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  • expiré — expiré, ée (èk spi ré, rée) part. passé. 1°   Expulsé du poumon. De l air expiré. 2°   Mort. •   S il paraît quelque mieux dans l état du malade.... dès qu il est expiré, la douleur éclate par les cris et les sanglots, BOSSUET Pensées chrét. 38.… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • Expire — Ex*pire , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Expired}; p. pr & vb. n. {Expiring}.] [L. expirare, exspirare, expiratum, exspiratum; ex out + spirare to breathe: cf. F. expirer. See {Spirit}.] 1. To breathe out; to emit from the lungs; to throw out from the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Expire — Ex*pire , v. i. 1. To emit the breath. [1913 Webster] 2. To emit the last breath; to breathe out the life; to die; as, to expire calmly; to expire in agony. [1913 Webster] 3. To come to an end; to cease; to terminate; to perish; to become… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • expiré — ⇒EXPIRÉ, ÉE, part. passé et adj. I. Part. passé de expirer. II. Emploi adj. [Correspond à expirer B] A. [Le déterminé désigne un animé] Rare, littér. Qui a rendu son dernier soupir, qui a cessé d être. Mes amis expirés. Synon. décédé, mort; anton …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • expire — c.1400, to die, from M.Fr. expirer (12c.) expire, elapse, from L. expirare/exspirare breathe out, breathe one s last, die, from ex out (see EX (Cf. ex )) + spirare to breathe (see SPIRIT (Cf. spirit)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • expire — [v1] come to an end bite the dust*, buy it*, cash in chips*, cease, close, conclude, croak*, decease, depart, die, elapse, end, finish, go, kick the bucket*, lapse, pass, pass away, pass on, pass over, perish, quit, run out, stop, strike out*,… …   New thesaurus

  • expire — I verb animam edere, become void, cease, cease to be, close, come to a close, come to an end, conclude, decease, depart, die, die away, die out, disappear, discontinue, draw to a close, elapse, end, exspirare, fade away, finish, go, lapse, pass,… …   Law dictionary

  • expire — *pass, pass away, elapse Analogous words: end, terminate, *close: cease, discontinue (see STOP) Contrasted words: *begin, commence, start …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • expire — ► VERB 1) (of a document or agreement) come to the end of the period of validity. 2) (of a period of time) come to an end. 3) (of a person) die. 4) technical exhale (air) from the lungs. DERIVATIVES expiration noun expiratory adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • expire — [ek spīr′, ikspīr′] vt. expired, expiring [ME expiren < L exspirare < ex , out + spirare, to breathe: see SPIRIT] 1. to breathe out (air from the lungs) 2. Obs. to give off (an odor, etc.) vi. 1. to breathe out air 2 …   English World dictionary

  • expire — Situation in which the expiration date for an option passes without the option being exercised or offset. Chicago Mercantile Exchange Glossary * * * expire ex‧pire [ɪkˈspaɪə ǁ ˈspaɪr] verb [intransitive] 1. LAW if an official document such as a… …   Financial and business terms

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