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 (someone or something) to disappear:
a : to abduct and kill or imprison (someone, such as a political dissident) while withholding information about the person's fate Her son was disappeared during Argentina's so-called 'Dirty War.'Associated Press Under his repressive regime, tens of thousands of Chileans were "disappeared," tortured and killed; hundreds of thousands were forced into exile.— Mandalit del Barco Fearing that he would be kidnapped or "disappeared" in Syria under some false pretext, Mr. Omar made a video, which he posted on YouTube, to establish that he had defected.— Dan Bilefsky When early efforts of containment failed, journalists and doctors who spoke out against the threat were disappeared, these sources said.— Bret Baier and Nick Givas Orwell's novel was published in 1949 in the wake of World War II, when both fascism and socialism seemed to loom as threats to democracy, and it imagines a secretive regime that surveils its people and polices even their thoughts, disappearing anyone who rebels against the order.— Jeva Lange
b : to cause (something) to pass out of existence, possession, or view VICE has disappeared the post from its Web site.— Jenna Sauers The … waitress disappears the debris from the floor …— Catherine Cleary After class, while waiting for Halmoni to pick me up, I devoured as many of those rainbow morsels as I could, as if disappearing them might also disappear my shame.— Jennifer Hope Choi He shares his opinion that based on his early findings, the bullets didn't come from Locke's gun, which is important because, as Lucca Quinn points out, Peter would have no reason to disappear the evidence if it exonerated Locke.— Alexis Rhiannon

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disappearance \ ˌdis-​ə-​ˈpir-​ən(t)s How to pronounce disappear (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.
Recent Examples on the Web There's no word on when the sale ends, so head to Amazon to pick up the Zesica Midi Dress before the savings disappear! Isabel Garcia, Peoplemag, 10 Aug. 2022 Apple is back in a familiar role as market leader after a painful first half of the year that saw hundreds of billions of dollars in market value disappear, and individual investors are a big reason for the rally. BostonGlobe.com, 9 Aug. 2022 The magician makes most of the story disappear, as part of one of his tricks, then moves on, presumably to do the same to another citizen of the Unifactor. Sam Thielman, The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2022 Your account could even be closed completely (although your debt won't disappear with the account). Hannah Oh, Seventeen, 9 Aug. 2022 Not unlike the current Brewers, who have seen a three-game lead in the division disappear in as many days, the Brewers went to Baltimore needing one win in four tries to clinch a trip to the ALCS. Jr Radcliffe, Journal Sentinel, 6 Aug. 2022 As businesses disappear, so does the vibrancy of a city, with knock-on impacts on everything from tourism to food, drink, and entertainment. Wired, 5 Aug. 2022 Doing the worst first makes the dull things disappear and other tasks go faster and be more enjoyable. Christopher Davenport, Forbes, 4 Aug. 2022 The Clarence House Instagram, representing Camilla and Charles, shared an Instagram Story wishing Meghan a happy birthday (which will disappear after 24 hours) and a permanent tweet. Alyssa Bailey, ELLE, 4 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of disappear

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

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14 Aug 2022

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“Disappear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disappear. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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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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