disappear

verb dis·ap·pear \ ˌdis-ə-ˈpir \
Updated on: 7 Dec 2017

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

disappearance

play \-ˈpir-ən(t)s\ noun

Examples of disappear in a Sentence

  1. The two men disappeared around the corner.

  2. The dinosaurs disappeared millions of years ago.

  3. These problems won't just disappear by themselves.

  4. He disappeared without a trace two years ago.

  5. The speaker suddenly disappeared just before the beginning of the ceremony.

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First Known Use of disappear

15th century

disappear Synonyms

Synonyms
dematerialize, dissolve, evanesce, evaporate, fade, flee, fly, go (away), melt, sink, vanish, drop out of sight
Antonyms
appear, materialize
Related Words
blank (out), clear, die (away or down or out), disperse, dissipate, dissolve, dry up; blur, dim
Near Antonyms
arrive, break out, come out, emerge, issue, loom, show up


DISAPPEAR Defined for English Language Learners

disappear

verb

Definition of disappear for English Language Learners

  • : 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


DISAPPEAR Defined for Kids

disappear

verb dis·ap·pear \ ˌdi-sə-ˈpir \

Definition of disappear for Students

disappeared; disappearing
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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