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 The information, published in the journal Science, shows where the continent’s ice is accumulating most quickly and disappearing at the fastest rate, and how the changes could contribute to rising sea levels. David Scull, New York Times, "Reopening, Joe Biden, Antarctica: Your Thursday Evening Briefing," 30 Apr. 2020 Summer’s when temperatures soar, tourists disappear and business evaporates here. Los Angeles Times, "What’s a city to do when half its population is in the crosshairs of coronavirus?," 28 Apr. 2020 Once outside, these potentially infectious aerosols disappear in the expanse of the atmosphere and are much less of a worry. The Conversation, oregonlive, "Here’s the science of coronavirus’ infectious aerosols, and how masks can help block them," 24 Apr. 2020 Hundreds of thousands saw their jobs disappear seemingly overnight – and without warning. Staff, Indianapolis Star, "Our Hoosier life: One day in Indiana under coronavirus," 23 Apr. 2020 Our personnel are overburdened, our ships rusty, arsenals depleted, bases poorly protected, air force contracting, defense-industrial base disappearing, and funding insufficient. Mark Helprin, National Review, "American Foreign and Defense Policy: Between Scylla and Charybdis," 16 Apr. 2020 The deadly disease that crippled infants disappeared almost overnight, and Salk became a hero. Salena Zito, WSJ, "They Developed Their Coronavirus Vaccine in Salk’s Shadow," 10 Apr. 2020 And the more the items disappeared off the shelves, the more panic buying set in. Robert Higgs, cleveland, "One month into coronavirus stay-at-home, finding your favorite brand of TP, other products still a challenge," 9 Apr. 2020 However, experts expect the hole to disappear in the coming weeks and probably won't pose any problems for humans. Fox News, "Gigantic hole opens in ozone layer over the Arctic," 9 Apr. 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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3 May 2020

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“Disappear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disappear. Accessed 28 May. 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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