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 Paighton Houston, the Trussville woman who disappeared from a Birmingham bar and was later found buried in the backyard of a Hueytown home, died of drug overdose, authorities announced Thursday morning. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Coroner: Paighton Houston died of accidental drug overdose," 30 Jan. 2020 Cristhian Bahena Rivera was charged with the murder of Tibbetts, a 20-year-old University of Iowa student who disappeared while out for a run. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "Trial for accused killer of Mollie Tibbetts delayed by Iowa Supreme Court," 23 Jan. 2020 Investigators are focusing on reports of people who disappeared after inquiring about cars for sale. Washington Post, "5th body found on Tijuana lot; suspect remains in custody," 22 Jan. 2020 Investigators are focusing on reports of people who disappeared after inquiring about cars for sale. Time, "Mexican Police Say They've Arrested a Suspected Tijuana Serial Killer After Finding 5 Bodies," 22 Jan. 2020 The mother of a Stockton woman who disappeared more than two decades ago says an update in the case could be right around the corner. CBS News, "FBI reportedly tells mom of woman missing since 1996 to "be ready" for unexpected news," 22 Jan. 2020 An Oroville woman with dementia who disappeared nearly a week ago was found alive inside of her vehicle Wednesday after being buried in snow in Butte County, officials said. Alejandro Serrano, SFChronicle.com, "Woman missing for 6 days found alive in SUV buried in snow in Butte County," 15 Jan. 2020 The story finds Dolittle a hermit, shut up in his estate, grieving the loss of his wife, who disappeared on one of her adventures. cleveland, "In cursed ‘Dolittle,’ they could not have done less (review)," 15 Jan. 2020 Hopefully for the Bears, that can add up to a big day for receiver Denzel Mims, who disappeared in the Big 12 championship loss to Oklahoma. Dallas News, "Baylor prediction: Can Bears improve Big 12′s reputation in Sugar Bowl matchup vs. Georgia?," 1 Jan. 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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9 Feb 2020

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“Disappear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disappearing. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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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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