expire

If something — like milk or a free shipping coupon — expires, it is no longer usable or valid. When you expire, you will be dead.

The verb expire comes from the Latin expirare, meaning “breathe out,” and the modern use retains that ancient meaning. The expanded, and more commonly used, meaning of expire is that the breath has — literally or figuratively — departed. When you expire your breath, you breathe out; you exhale. Things with a limited shelf life sometimes offer an expiration date that lets you know when they will expire: yogurt, frozen burritos, and even contracts for temporary employment. But some things expire in their own time: life, love, and car batteries.

Definitions of expire
  1. verb
    lose validity
    “My passports expired last month”
    synonyms: run out
    see moresee less
    type of:
    discontinue
    come to or be at an end
  2. verb
    pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life
    synonyms: buy the farm, cash in one's chips, choke, conk, croak, decease, die, drop dead, exit, give-up the ghost, go, kick the bucket, pass, pass away, perish, pop off, snuff it
    break, break down, conk out, die, fail, give out, give way, go, go bad
    stop operating or functioning
    die
    suffer or face the pain of death
    see moresee less
    Antonyms:
    be born
    come into existence through birth
    types:
    show 9 types...
    hide 9 types...
    abort
    cease development, die, and be aborted
    asphyxiate, stifle, suffocate
    be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen
    buy it, pip out
    be killed or die;
    drown
    die from being submerged in water, getting water into the lungs, and asphyxiating
    predecease
    die before; die earlier than
    famish, starve
    die of food deprivation
    fall
    die, as in battle or in a hunt
    succumb, yield
    be fatally overwhelmed
    strangle
    die from strangulation
    type of:
    change state, turn
    undergo a transformation or a change of position or action
  3. verb
    expel air
    synonyms: breathe out, exhale
    see moresee less
    Antonyms:
    breathe in, inhale, inspire
    draw in (air)
    types:
    show 5 types...
    hide 5 types...
    snort
    make a snorting sound by exhaling hard
    blow
    exhale hard
    gasp, heave, pant, puff
    breathe noisily, as when one is exhausted
    chuff, huff, puff
    blow hard and loudly
    insufflate
    blow or breathe hard on or into
    type of:
    breathe, respire, suspire, take a breath
    draw air into, and expel out of, the lungs
Word Family