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"expire" in British English

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expireverb [I]

uk   /ɪkˈspaɪər/  us   /-ˈspaɪr/
  • expire verb [I] (END)

C2 If something that ​lasts for a ​fixedlength of ​time expires, it comes to an end or ​stops being in use: My ​passport expires next ​month. The ​contract between the two ​companies will expire at the end of the ​year.

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(Definition of expire from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"expire" in American English

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expireverb [I]

 us   /ɪkˈspɑɪər/
  • expire verb [I] (END)

(of something that ​lasts for a ​fixedlength of ​time) to end or ​stop being in use: My ​passport will expire next ​year.
  • expire verb [I] (DIE)

fml to ​die
(Definition of expire from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"expire" in Business English

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expireverb [I]

uk   us   /ɪkˈspaɪər/
to come to an end after a ​fixed length of ​time: a ​contract/​lease/​licence expires This offer expires on 31 March 2012.set/scheduled/due to expire The ​warrantyperiod is ​due to expire at the end of November. Under ​currentlaw, the state's earned-income ​taxcredit would expire after this ​year.
FINANCE, STOCK MARKET if an option (= the ​right to ​buy or ​sell particular ​shares) expires, it can no ​longer be exercised (= used): The ​investmentoptions expire on February 5.
(Definition of expire from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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