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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Chinese authorities are investigating CEFC’s founder, Ye Jianming, who disappeared in early 2018 and is believed by associates to be detained. James T. Areddy, WSJ, "Bribery Trial Spotlights China’s ‘Belt and Road’," 23 Nov. 2018 Then, when the roads disappear, you're met not with horses, but with reindeer, which will cart you three hours to your final destination: an Airbnb tepee with your hosts, Otgonbayar and Zorigt, members of the nomadic Dukha tribe. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "You'll Need a Reindeer to Get to This Airbnb in Mongolia," 19 Nov. 2018 Neurologists on the front lines have felt powerless, watching their patients disappear into the sinkhole of forgetfulness. Linda Marsa, Discover Magazine, "A New Treatment for Alzheimer's? It Starts With Lifestyle," 16 Nov. 2018 Her work involves monitoring changes in the Arctic through satellite data, measuring how quickly sea ice is disappearing (and why), and investigating what the impacts are for the surrounding areas and the planet. Hans Aschim, Harper's BAZAAR, "Three Women in Science Who Broke the Glass Ceiling," 5 Oct. 2018 Most of the missing young women and girls who have disappeared recently have been found safe, and Jadi’s family are hoping she will soon be located as well. Britni Danielle, Essence.com, "Chicago Police Are Asking For Help to Find Yet Another Missing Teen Girl," 3 July 2018 Not much is known about the missing boys and Ekkapol Chantawong, the coach who disappeared with them. Time, "Thailand Clings to Hope as the Search for a Missing Soccer Team Enters Its Seventh Day," 30 June 2018 Deputies in Georgia searched for 20 hours — day and night — before locating the disabled 18-year-old who had disappeared. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "Parents reported daughter missing. Cops found her — and the room she escaped, Ga. deputies say," 26 June 2018 There are vanishing acts throughout the novel, like when the wife and child of a man inexplicably disappear while on vacation on a tiny Croatian island. Constance Grady, Vox, "We read all 25 National Book Award finalists for 2018. Here’s what we thought.," 12 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of disappear

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

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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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