dis·​ap·​pear | \ ˌdis-ə-ˈpir \
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 \ -​ˈpir-​ən(t)s \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for disappear


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


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

Maisel shows, or dozens upon dozens of Netflix and Hulu series that disappear into the memory hole, or, honestly, lots and lots of shows on good old traditional television. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The 7 best TV shows of 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 Neither of my ideas is on 2018's top 10 Halloween costumes according to Google search data, but witch came in at number five, proving that our love for witchcraft and the occult isn't a trend that's disappearing anytime soon. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "These Are the Most Popular Halloween Costumes of 2018, According to Google," 16 Oct. 2018 The Other Princess Diana Wedding Dress To make things even more confusing, there's even talk of a third gown that mysteriously disappeared. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The Fascinating Story Behind Duplicate Royal Wedding Dresses," 20 Sep. 2018 Hospitals have scant supplies, many ambulances are grounded and food and water are among goods that have disappeared in a country suffering from inflation estimated by the International Monetary Fund to reach 1 million percent this year. Fabiola Sanchez And Scott Smith, Fox News, "Little damage reported from strong quake in Venezuela," 22 Aug. 2018 Indeed, five of those at-bats came in the first three innings, five chances that disappeared quickly. Jeff Miller, latimes.com, "Angels end road trip with 4-1 loss to Mariners," 6 July 2018 Take a look at the titles that will disappear from the streaming service this month. Jillian Forstadt, The Hollywood Reporter, "Netflix: Movies and TV Shows Leaving in July," 27 June 2018 And most Valley homeowners are now sitting on equity that won't disappear again if housing prices moderate and don't crash. Catherine Reagor, azcentral, "Are metro Phoenix home prices 'overheated?' No, say housing experts," 24 June 2018 Instagram debuted its Stories feature similar to Snapchat in 2016 as a way to let users post photos or videos that disappear within 24 hours. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "Instagram Debuts YouTube Rival IGTV Video App for 'Creators'," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of disappear

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

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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 \
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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