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 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 This tear-jerker about a woman who learns her land holds an archaeological treasure had the potential to be one of countless movies that disappear into whatever Netflix landfill that titles end up in when the next week's onslaught becomes available. Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune, "7 extraordinary Carey Mulligan performances that aren't about her 'hotness'," 17 Feb. 2021 Don't write off the Cleveland Browns as a young team that will disappear in a tsunami of nerves on Sunday in Kansas City. Steve Doerschuk, USA TODAY, "Several Browns have previous playoff experience, so they're not scared of the Chiefs," 18 Jan. 2021 Adding the herb as a garnish provides a colorful contrast and preserves the lemony flavor that can otherwise disappear with the heat. Washington Post, "As a homeless teen, I foraged for wild food to survive. The lessons still shape my cooking.," 27 Nov. 2020 Those metrics are displayed in a window on-screen, designed mostly to give the speaker real-time feedback that can sometimes disappear in the virtual context. Arielle Pardes, Wired, "AI Can Run Your Work Meetings Now," 24 Nov. 2020 Instagram and parent company Facebook ripped off Stories -- posts that disappear after 24 hours -- which Snapchat created in 2013. Kaya Yurieff, CNN, "Now Snapchat has a TikTok copycat, too," 23 Nov. 2020 Maybe some of the more troublesome tweets can be converted to the site’s new fleets, an Instagram Stories-like feature that lets users post photos and short videos that disappear after a day. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Electric vehicle stocks recover, but the road may not end well," 18 Nov. 2020 For the first time ever, Twitter users can post missives that automatically disappear after 24 hours. Natalie Jarvey, Billboard, "Twitter Launches Feature for Disappearing Tweets," 17 Nov. 2020 Twitter unveiled on Tuesday a feature that will allow users to post images or messages that will disappear after 24 hours. Haley Victory Smith, Washington Examiner, "Twitter 'Fleets' make for disappearing tweets," 17 Nov. 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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27 Feb 2021

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“Disappear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disappear. Accessed 8 Mar. 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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