AskDefine | Define expire

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1 lose validity; "My passports expired last month" [syn: run out]
2 pass from physical life and lose all all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life; "She died from cancer"; "They children perished in the fire"; "The patient went peacefully" [syn: die, decease, perish, go, exit, pass away, pass] [ant: be born]
3 expel air; "Exhale when you lift the weight" [syn: exhale, breathe out] [ant: inhale]

User Contributed Dictionary



From etyl la ex- + spiro



  1. to die
    The old librarian will expire next week.
  2. to become invalid
    My library card will expire next week.
  3. to exhale; to breathe (out).
  4. to exhale (something).
    He escaped the garage and will expire the carbon monoxide he had been breathing.


Derived terms


become invalid
to exhale (something)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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