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 (someone or something) to disappear:
a : to abduct and kill or imprison (someone, such as a political dissident) while withholding information about the person's fate Her son was disappeared during Argentina's so-called 'Dirty War.'Associated Press Under his repressive regime, tens of thousands of Chileans were "disappeared," tortured and killed; hundreds of thousands were forced into exile.— Mandalit del Barco Fearing that he would be kidnapped or "disappeared" in Syria under some false pretext, Mr. Omar made a video, which he posted on YouTube, to establish that he had defected.— Dan Bilefsky When early efforts of containment failed, journalists and doctors who spoke out against the threat were disappeared, these sources said.— Bret Baier and Nick Givas Orwell's novel was published in 1949 in the wake of World War II, when both fascism and socialism seemed to loom as threats to democracy, and it imagines a secretive regime that surveils its people and polices even their thoughts, disappearing anyone who rebels against the order.— Jeva Lange
b : to cause (something) to pass out of existence, possession, or view VICE has disappeared the post from its Web site.— Jenna Sauers The … waitress disappears the debris from the floor …— Catherine Cleary After class, while waiting for Halmoni to pick me up, I devoured as many of those rainbow morsels as I could, as if disappearing them might also disappear my shame.— Jennifer Hope Choi He shares his opinion that based on his early findings, the bullets didn't come from Locke's gun, which is important because, as Lucca Quinn points out, Peter would have no reason to disappear the evidence if it exonerated Locke.— Alexis Rhiannon

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disappearance \ ˌdis-​ə-​ˈpir-​ən(t)s How to pronounce disappear (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 Remove him before the boos suffocate, the Coliseum empties, the donations go dry and the last bits of shine on this once-proud program completely disappear under a veneer of sloppiness, recklessness and just plain ill-prepared football. Los Angeles Times, 13 Sep. 2021 For Taboniar, 43, that means her unemployment benefits will completely disappear — even as her work hours vanish again. Time, 7 Sep. 2021 For Taboniar, 43, that means her unemployment benefits will completely disappear — even as her work hours vanish again. BostonGlobe.com, 5 Sep. 2021 Magnetic stripes will disappear from Mastercard cards completely by 2033. Chris Smith, BGR, 17 Aug. 2021 But, when air conditioning became popular, the practical reason behind the paintings began to disappear, as did the art form itself. Lyndi Mcnulty, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 15 Aug. 2021 Liberal Republicans began to disappear, and as Southern Democrats died out they were replaced by conservative Republicans. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, 11 Aug. 2021 Either way, grocery shopping will change in the coming years, and stores aren’t likely to completely disappear. Ellie Lamey, Forbes, 10 June 2021 Even in countries where vaccination is widespread, epidemiologists don’t expect the virus to disappear completely. Jason Douglas, WSJ, 3 May 2021

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First Known Use of disappear

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

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“Disappear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disappear. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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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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