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

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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Researchers also used biostratigraphy, which is the study of how fossils appear, proliferate and disappear throughout the rock record, to establish relative ages. Erin Dimaggio, Smithsonian, "How Do Scientists Date Fossils?," 13 June 2019 Hundreds of people tied to the left were illegally detained, tortured and disappeared at the hands of Mexican security forces. Washington Post, "Mexico opening memorials to ‘dirty war’ torture, killings," 11 June 2019 Munir Mourra, a veteran of the Miami shipping industry and sometime adviser to Haiti’s National Port Authority, told me that his government would not care if break-bulk shipping disappeared altogether. Rowan Moore Gerety, Harper's magazine, "Downstream," 10 June 2019 Miguel Chicon, head of Maritime search and rescue in Palma de Mallorca, told NBC News that after checking CCTV cameras on board the ship, the crew determined that the passenger disappeared at around 5 a.m. on Saturday. NBC News, "Search ongoing for cruise ship passenger who went overboard near Spain," 9 June 2019 Read More: Two Hong Kong Activists Were Granted Asylum in Germany, Calling the City’s Freedoms Into Question In 2015, five booksellers peddling salacious books about mainland politics disappeared; all of them eventually resurfaced in China. Time, "Massive Protest Held in Hong Kong Against Proposal to Ease Extradition to China," 9 June 2019 First, a campaign website surfaced last weekend, then swiftly disappeared. Jasper Scherer, Houston Chronicle, "Dwight Boykins kicks off campaign for Houston mayor," 8 June 2019 The town of Barron showed the world the true meaning of community -- starting the day Jayme disappeared. CBS News, "Jayme Closs: Hometown Hero," 8 June 2019 Fox says the couple’s home was initially searched when Day disappeared last summer. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, "Original Mouseketeer Dennis Day Found Dead in His Home Nearly 1 Year After Mysterious Disappearance," 7 June 2019

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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 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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to take the place or position of

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