disappear

verb
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

Synonyms

dematerialize, dissolve, evanesce, evaporate, fade, flee, fly, melt, sink, vanish

Antonyms

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

His habit of disappearing into blue funks is the product of a thin skin. Boris Johnson, The Economist, "Boris Johnson, illusionist," 4 July 2019 Some 24 Indonesian islands have reportedly already disappeared as a result of sand exports, according to the UN report. Mary Hui, Quartz, "Singapore needs sand, but its neighbors refuse to sell," 4 July 2019 Watson was seen struggling to stay afloat before disappearing beneath the surface, according to officials. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Friends find body of missing Louisville man whose boat capsized in the Ohio River," 3 July 2019 But the first global analysis of its kind finds that twice as many plants have disappeared than birds, mammals, and amphibians combined. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "Twice as many plants have gone extinct than birds, mammals, and amphibians combined," 10 June 2019 Since then, the once publicly-available dataset has quietly disappeared. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Microsoft Removes Face Recognition Photos Amid Privacy Controversy," 7 June 2019 Unfortunately, the gallows has disappeared, leaving no trace. Quanta Magazine, "Solution: ‘How to Find Simple Treasures in Complex Numbers’," 22 Mar. 2019 Highway miles disappear in the graceful ride, the serene cabin, and the optional massaging front seats. Car and Driver, "2019 10Best Cars," 28 Nov. 2018 But instead of disappearing in a few bites, this sultry mix of flavors is here to bless your brunette strands with a dash of rich auburn. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "The Chili Chocolate Hair-Color Trend Is the Prettiest Way for Brunettes to Go Red," 3 Oct. 2018

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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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More Definitions for disappear

disappear

verb

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

disappear

verb
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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