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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Recent Examples on the Web

My grandmother gave me my first couture suit at 17 by a designer who has long since disappeared. Danielle Steel, Harper's BAZAAR, "Danielle Steele: A Fashion Love Story," 2 May 2019 Meghan Markle has stopped travelling internationally, paused all official engagements, and all but disappeared from the public eye since her last appearance a month ago on March 19. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "When Is Meghan Markle's Due Date? Here's When the Royal Baby Will Likely Be Born," 18 Apr. 2019 The film, which stars Indian film actor Vivekh, is about a retired police officer from Tamil Nadu who vacations in Seattle to spend time with his son, but then finds that people around him start disappearing. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "A group of Seattle tech expats from India have created a film, to be shown in the U.S. and India, that takes place in the PNW," 13 Apr. 2019 My makeup totally disappeared, and I was left standing at my bathroom sink completely astonished. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "DHC Deep Cleansing Oil Is Top-Rated on Amazon, and Takes My Makeup Off in Under 5 Minutes," 11 Dec. 2018 And then, on Friday, Selena's most-liked pic disappeared. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Selena Gomez is Taking a Break from Social Media…Again," 24 Sep. 2018 But after driving the I-Pace through a stream just moments before arriving at a race track, those worries disappeared. Matthew Scott, Outside Online, "The Electric Jaguar I-Pace Can Go Off-Road," 9 July 2018 Linda disappeared while heading the short distance home from summer school on July 6, 1973. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, "'Everyone Returns Home, Everyone but Me': Police Tweet as Long-Dead Girl to Spotlight Cold Case," 9 July 2018 Some thirty years after that celebratory congress, the bards disappeared. Linda Kinstler, Longreads, "Angrily Experiencing the Best Days of Our Lives," 27 June 2018

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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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