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 Watch your sweat marks disappear with the In Movement Tights. Jamie Ueda, USA TODAY, "5 incredible leggings on sale at Lululemon right now," 9 July 2020 Child care is the immovable object around which so much else in family life orbits, and when the usual child-care options disappear, something else has to give. Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic, "The Pandemic Has Already Taken a Toll on Parents’ Careers," 9 July 2020 Their pets disappear, flowers die, and their bodies begin to betray them. Kate Knibbs, Wired, "Palm Springs Is a Timely Comedy About Being Stuck in the Now," 9 July 2020 This event might not be as illustrious as a partial or total lunar eclipse where parts of the moon seem to disappear. Derek Van Dam, CNN, "Fireworks canceled this year? Watch the lunar eclipse 'Buck Moon' instead," 4 July 2020 Other benefactors such as the U.K, The Gates Foundation and Rotary International also commit contributions specifically for WHO’s polio work, certainly, but were would the effort be should the U.S. disappear? Elijah Wolfson, Time, "Trump Said He Would Terminate the U.S. Relationship With the WHO. Here's What That Means," 4 June 2020 The planning staff had cut most of Muni’s 68 bus lines, and 40 of them may disappear permanently, Tumlin said. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "Jeffrey Tumlin was hailed as SF’s transportation savior. Now the Muni chief faces a leadership test," 11 July 2020 The IgM component typically disappear after a few months, while the IgG lasts longer, and is likely the most useful measure for longer term immunity. Madelyn Fernstrom, NBC News, "Busted! The 4 biggest myths about COVID-19 antibody testing," 10 July 2020 The intense light and heat from such close proximity tends to make comets disintegrate and disappear from the night sky. Scott Hershberger, Scientific American, "Comet NEOWISE Could Be Spectacular: Here's How to See It," 9 July 2020

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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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“Disappear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disappear. Accessed 3 Aug. 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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