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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Everett Lynch, who nearly killed Rossi (Joe Mantegna) last season but then disappeared. Ew Staff, EW.com, "What to Watch on Wednesday: Party of Five returns on Freeform with new immigration twist," 8 Jan. 2020 Lori Vallow and her husband, Chad Daybell, never reported them missing and disappeared soon after being questioned about the children. Rebecca Boone, azcentral, "Family members detail how life unraveled around 2 missing children," 8 Jan. 2020 There is a free-form quality to Biden’s stump speeches as arguments appear from nowhere, presumably because something occurred to the candidate, and then disappear from the repertoire for the rest of the day. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "Joe Biden wants to be a normal president in a highly abnormal age.," 6 Jan. 2020 Several of youse have asked why comments disappeared from TML, and from the digital product generally. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: I usually don't do resolutions, but here's one for sports in 2020," 2 Jan. 2020 Exiting through disappearing glass walls, a series patios surround an outdoor pool. Neal J. Leitereg, Los Angeles Times, "Los Angeles’ biggest home sales of 2019 hit the $150-million mark," 1 Jan. 2020 But as Bowlen disappeared from public eye, the team struggled to regain its championship glory. The Denver Post, "Colorado’s biggest stories of the past decade," 31 Dec. 2019 Jackson-Davis disappeared from Indiana's offense, Devonte Green's head-scratching shots didn't go down and the Razorbacks ran out the clock. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: IU blows 11-point lead as offense disappears at the end of 71-64 loss to Arkansas," 30 Dec. 2019 Certainly, most are willing to do their part in keeping deer hunting from disappearing altogether, but how? The Editors, Field & Stream, "Great Gear for First Time Deer Hunters," 27 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of disappear

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

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The first known use of disappear was in the 15th century

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12 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Disappear.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disappear. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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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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