verb van·ish \ˈva-nish\

: to disappear entirely without a clear explanation

: to stop existing

Full Definition of VANISH

intransitive verb
a :  to pass quickly from sight :  disappear
b :  to pass completely from existence
:  to assume the value zero
transitive verb
:  to cause to disappear
van·ish·er noun

Examples of VANISH

  1. The missing girl vanished without a trace a year ago.
  2. The papers seem to have vanished into thin air.
  3. 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

Rhymes with VANISH

VANISHED Defined for Kids


verb van·ish \ˈva-nish\

Definition of VANISH for Kids

:  to pass from sight or existence :  disappear


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