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 Cystic acne outbreaks crowded my cheekbones and jawline (especially around my period), which led to inevitable dark spots and discoloration, which doesn't disappear overnight. Erin Parker, Glamour, "Mutha No. 1 Serum Saved My Stress-Ravaged Skin," 29 Mar. 2021 In short, the Callaway Plantation is a monument to Georgia's history of brutal white supremacy that unfortunately didn't disappear when Mariah Callaway and the other enslaved people were emancipated in 1865. Arkansas Online, "Voter suppression is racism," 27 Mar. 2021 While no longer legal, these covenants did not disappear. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "Why the 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake was called a “Passover” for Anchorage Blacks," 22 Mar. 2021 Of course, engines like 4.0-liter V8 in the RS6 and the 5.2-liter V10 in the R8 (pictured up top) won’t disappear tomorrow. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, "Audi Will No Longer Develop Internal Combustion Engines," 17 Mar. 2021 Kirkconnell accepts this, as James confirms that while his feelings for her can’t just disappear overnight, a reconciliation is not likely. Washington Post, "In an emotional finale, Bachelor Matt James breaks up with the winner over racially insensitive social media posts," 16 Mar. 2021 Of course, not everyone can afford to take time off from work, and corporate bereavement policies hardly account for the reality that grief doesn’t magically disappear after just a few days. Jennifer Swann, Wired, "5 Strategies for Coping With Grief During a Pandemic," 9 Mar. 2021 Unlike the state’s website, where available slots evaporate seemingly in an instant, these invitations don’t disappear so quickly, said Dr. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Finding other paths to secure a COVID vaccine," 6 Mar. 2021 Diseases and illnesses don't disappear, so neither can the people who have dedicated their careers to finding treatments and cures. Amit Kumar, Forbes, "Scientific Research During A Pandemic," 3 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of disappear

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

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4 Apr 2021

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“Disappear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disappear. Accessed 10 Apr. 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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