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vanish

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verb van·ish \ˈva-nish\

Simple Definition of vanish

  • : to disappear entirely without a clear explanation

  • : to stop existing

Full Definition of vanish

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to pass quickly from sight :  disappear b :  to pass completely from existence

  3. 2 :  to assume the value zero

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  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




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