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

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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 When too many fish disappear, the coral suffers — and vice-versa. Washington Post, "Surprise rescue of Jamaica coral reefs shows nature can heal," 17 Sep. 2019 Her mother called police at 6 pm after the girl disappeared while playing outside her home. Steve Helling, PEOPLE.com, "Missing 5-Year-Old N.M Girl Is Found Dead in a Riverbed, as Police Investigate 'Responsible Party'," 16 Sep. 2019 It’s hard to imagine fashion week disappearing, but who knows? Vogue, "Extinction Rebellion Is Protesting London Fashion Week With “Die Ins” and a Funeral," 14 Sep. 2019 The bug has already been patched, and users on Canary should already have seen the bogus message disappear after a daily upgrade push this past weekend. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Some Chromebooks mistakenly declared themselves end-of-life last week," 9 Sep. 2019 The stylish interior features wraparound windows offering gorgeous views of the schooners disappearing behind Hennepin Point. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "These are 9 definitive Downriver dining destinations," 6 Sep. 2019 The apex predators have all but disappeared from False Bay, South Africa, where tourists often board boats to watch them hunt around Seal Island and the more daring don flippers and go shark diving. Annaliese Griffin, Quartzy, "Are great white sharks messing with us?," 1 Sep. 2019 Snapchat seems like a good option because the photos disappear, but there's this little feature called screenshotting that will create problems with that one. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "What You Should Know Before Sending Nudes," 22 Aug. 2019 The book was hilarious and felt so real—except for the disappearing part. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "What ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette?’ meant to me as a woman in architecture," 13 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of disappear

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

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2 Nov 2019

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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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