dis·ap·pear | \ˌdis-ə-ˈpir \

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 \ 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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Yet Wei and Lina’s wedding still happened, and Qiang disappeared shortly thereafter. Terry Hong, The Christian Science Monitor, "'What We Were Promised' depicts post-Mao China in a deft debut novel set in Shanghai," 13 July 2018 More than a hundred thousand people have also disappeared in the government's detention network, with many believed to have died through neglect or the hangman's noose. Louisa Loveluck, chicagotribune.com, "Syrian army raises flag above city considered birthplace of uprising against Assad," 12 July 2018 More than 100,00 people have also disappeared in the government’s detention network, with many believed to be dead. Louisa Loveluck, Washington Post, "Syrian army raises flag above city considered as birthplace of uprising against Assad," 12 July 2018 Because natural habitats are disappearing, more and more coyotes are being sighted in urban settings. Cheryl Conley, Houston Chronicle, "The top dog: Coyotes are interesting canines," 10 July 2018 The natural conclusion: Pokémon Go is just another fad that disappeared in a blink, a fameball of Pog proportions. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "The Quiet, Steady Dominance of Pokémon Go," 6 July 2018 The game is set on modern-day Earth, but most of humanity has disappeared. NBC News, "What is 'Fortnite?': A look at the video game that has become a phenomenon," 30 June 2018 But by 1975, unsurprisingly disappointing to their record companies on a commercial level, the members of Faust quietly disappeared from the music world. James Sullivan, BostonGlobe.com, "For krautrock icons Faust, the revolution goes on," 11 July 2018 The fall Najib Razak, who was voted out of office as prime minister of Malaysia in May, was arrested and charged with several crimes related to 1MDB, a state development fund from which billions of dollars have disappeared. The Economist, "Politics this week," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of disappear

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

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Phrases Related to disappear

disappear/vanish into thin air

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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 \
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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