dis·​ap·​pear | \ ˌdis-ə-ˈpir How to pronounce disappear (audio) \
disappeared; disappearing; disappears

Definition of disappear

intransitive verb

1 : to pass from view The moon disappeared behind a cloud.
2 : to cease to be : pass out of existence or notice dinosaurs disappeared from the earth My keys seem to have disappeared again.

transitive verb

: to cause the disappearance of

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Other Words from disappear

disappearance \ -​ˈpir-​ən(t)s How to pronounce disappearance (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for disappear


dematerialize, dissolve, evanesce, evaporate, fade, flee, fly, melt, sink, vanish


appear, materialize

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Examples of disappear in a Sentence

The two men disappeared around the corner. The dinosaurs disappeared millions of years ago. These problems won't just disappear by themselves. He disappeared without a trace two years ago. The speaker suddenly disappeared just before the beginning of the ceremony.
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Really the only thing that may stop the frenzy is the growing shortage of developable sites left — parking lots and low-slung buildings are disappearing, and two-thirds of developable land in the city is reserved only for single-family houses. Mike Rosenberg, The Seattle Times, "Seattle construction still booming and won’t end anytime soon," 19 Feb. 2019 These problems have been driven by widespread worries about the economic cycle and more combative politics within and between countries, none of which are disappearing in the near term. Paul J. Davies, WSJ, "A Smart Bank Strategy That May Have Peaked," 22 Jan. 2019 Recently, scientists using different Cassini data discovered that the planet’s rings are disappearing quickly, too. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Saturn's Rings Are Much Younger Than You Might Think," 18 Jan. 2019 The big difference is that cotton is natural and will be degraded, digested, and disappear into the environment very quickly; as opposed to synthetic microfibers, which will remain in the environment and float around for ages. Tabor Wordelman, Teen Vogue, "Your Yoga Pants Are Polluting the Water You Drink," 19 Dec. 2018 That's because the weather systems that usually push and pull a storm are disappearing as Florence nears land around the border between North and South Carolina. Seth Borenstein, Fox News, "For meteorologists, Florence 'is a horrific nightmare storm'," 13 Sep. 2018 That potential supergroup of 2019 unrestricted free agent defensemen is disappearing. Kevin Allen, USA TODAY, "NHL free agency 2018: Winners, losers from early frenzy," 1 July 2018 That’s Interesting Salt and pepper shakers are disappearing from restaurant tables, a move local chefs say is a matter of good taste. Oona Goodin-smith, Philly.com, "Your guide to the Fourth in Philly, study finds city hiring slow | Morning Newsletter," 27 June 2018 Now, to their dismay and bafflement, some are disappearing without a sound. David Abel, BostonGlobe.com, "Someone is stealing bells and gongs from buoys in Maine," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of disappear

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of disappear

: to stop being visible : to pass out of sight
: to stop existing : to die or go away completely
: to become lost : to go to a place that is not known


dis·​ap·​pear | \ ˌdi-sə-ˈpir How to pronounce disappear (audio) \
disappeared; disappearing

Kids Definition of disappear

1 : to stop being visible : pass out of sight The sun disappeared behind a cloud.
2 : to stop existing Dinosaurs disappeared long ago.

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