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Topic: DEATH

Date: 1300-1400
Language: French
Origin: expirer, from Latin exspirare, from spirare 'to breathe'

expire

verb
     
ex‧pire [intransitive]
1 if an official document expires, it can no longer be legally used [= run out]:
My passport expires next week.
players whose contracts expire this summer
expire in/on/at
My driving licence expires in March.
The lease on the flat expired on June 14th.
2 if a period of time when someone has a particular position of authority expires, it ends:
The chairman's term of office has already expired.
3 literaryMX if someone expires, they die:
Ophelia expires in Act IV of Hamlet.
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