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 \ -​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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Recent Examples on the Web

Sediment core samples taken from ancient seabeds show a huge spike in radioactive particles right around the time when the megalodon disappeared. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Exploding Stars Might Have Brought an End to the Prehistoric Megalodon," 14 Dec. 2018 Police had hoped to speak with witnesses who were at Ranklin Lake Park in Gastonia on Saturday when Maddox Ritch, 6, disappeared, officials said. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Police searching for mysterious man in white truck who may have been last to see missing boy with autism," 28 Sep. 2018 Although this has been an unusual week on the side of the pond, where a holiday prompted many to disappear or kick back just a little. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Pharmalittle: FDA fails to police ‘pay-later’ conflicts; Philippines readies suit against Sanofi over dengue vaccine," 6 July 2018 In the long, term, however, any conflicts between profit and purpose tend to disappear. Alan Murray, Fortune, "Amazon Effect, Novartis Spin-Off, California's GDPR-Lite: CEO Daily for June 29, 2018," 29 June 2018 There’s a lot of bush and woods in which to disappear, or in this case, where a supposedly extinct species can cling to life. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Here Be Tigers," 28 June 2018 Links with the likes of Neymar and Eden Hazard refuse to disappear, meaning Real Madrid may need to raise a large amount of funds. SI.com, "Jurgen Klopp 'Obsessed' With Real Madrid Star and Willing to Make Third Huge Offer," 27 June 2018 Dermatologist Michele Green told Allure that petrolatum locks in moisture so that by morning, dryness has disappeared. Allure, "8 Game-Changing Hacks You Didn't Know You Could Do With Vaseline," 22 Mar. 2019 His long, muscular legs disappear beneath a knot of gray duvet and silver silk bedspread, though his foot sticks out over the edge of the mattress. Vogue, "Fifty Shades of Grey," 24 Jan. 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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