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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Other Words from disappear

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

Nevada and Arizona, concerned that a 20-year drought has dried up much of the river, are trying to rein in water use in an effort to save the disappearing river. Fox News, "Farmers concerned over how mandatory water cuts from Colorado River will impact agriculture," 4 Sep. 2019 For Fadell, plastics are fundamentally flawed because the material never really disappears. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "Nest Founder Says Plastic Apologists Are ‘Lying’," 4 Sep. 2019 Police declined comment on other details from the night Connolly disappeared. oregonlive, "Police arrest Oregon suspect in 1978 murder of Alaska girl using DNA analysis," 4 Sep. 2019 The ground and air were full of life — a hawk hunting a ground squirrel, a pair of rock ptarmigan appearing and disappearing with movement and stillness, and ... Anchorage Daily News, "Why a caribou hunt might be just what the doctor ordered," 4 Sep. 2019 European citizens living in Britain are fretfully checking to make sure their legal status to work doesn’t disappear overnight. Michael Birnbaum, Washington Post, "How Boris Johnson's push toward a no-deal Brexit is playing out in the E.U.," 3 Sep. 2019 Two longtime friends watched in horror as their husbands’ car plowed into a wall and then disappeared over it. Lisa J. Huriash, sun-sentinel.com, "Husbands plunge to their deaths over overpass wall as wives watch," 3 Sep. 2019 An enduring misconception Having been around nearly 2,000 years, the idea of the scala naturae did not disappear during Darwin’s time. Antonio G. Valdecasas, The Conversation, "Evolution doesn’t proceed in a straight line – so why draw it that way?," 3 Sep. 2019 Sources said a man resembling Dulos can be seen on surveillance video dropping a bag into the garbage can near Garden Street on the night that Farber Dulos disappeared. Dave Altimari, courant.com, "The psychiatrist who examined Fotis Dulos, the estranged husband of missing New Canaan mother Jennifer Farber Dulos, concluded he is ‘confident and gregarious’," 3 Sep. 2019

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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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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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