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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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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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 The aunt said her sister and niece disappeared from El Salvador in February. Rob Kuznia, chicagotribune.com, "A Central American mother's complex quest for asylum in the U.S.," 2 July 2018 The aunt said her sister and niece disappeared from El Salvador in February. Rob Kuznia, Washington Post, "Fleeing domestic violence in El Salvador, mother’s asylum quest in U.S. is complex," 1 July 2018 The woman climbs up a ladder, over some shelves and ascends into some unknown place, disappearing from the frame. Amy B Wang, ajc, "Cameras capture every angle of Canadian couple's snack-throwing, ceiling-shattering arrest," 1 July 2018 As students and their parents disappeared from the district when white flight began in the late 1960s, many schools eventually closed, but equipment and supplies were left behind. Carole Carlson, Post-Tribune, "Gary's empty schools have seen vandalism, arson and neglect. Now, they're going on the real estate market.," 28 June 2018 Fans on social media began noticing that pictures were disappearing from her feed late Thursday evening, with some watching in real time as the posts began to leave her page. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Miley Cyrus Deletes All Instagram Posts, Including Those with Liam Hemsworth," 13 July 2018 By 6, everyone was out of their seats and dancing as the sun slowly disappeared below the horizon. Lindsay Silberman, Town & Country, "How St. Barth's Survived the Devastating Hurricanes of 2017," 10 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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