Simple Definition of vanish
: to disappear entirely without a clear explanation
: to stop existing
Full Definition of vanish
1 a : to pass quickly from sight : disappear b : to pass completely from existence
2 : to assume the value zero
: to cause to disappear
Examples of vanish
The missing girl vanished without a trace a year ago.
The papers seem to have vanished into thin air.
Dinosaurs vanished from the face of the earth millions of years ago.
Origin of vanish
Middle English vanisshen, from Anglo-French vaniss-, stem of vanir, envanir, esvanir, from Vulgar Latin *exvanire, alteration of Latin evanescere to dissipate like vapor, vanish, from e- + vanescere to vanish, from vanus empty
First Known Use: 14th century
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