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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Oregon’s most powerful industries have killed, weakened or stalled efforts to deal with climate change, disappearing bird habitat, cancer-causing diesel exhaust, industrial air pollution, oil spill planning and weed killers sprayed from helicopters. oregonlive, "Case Closed: In Oregon campaign investigations, ‘I did not’ is all it takes," 17 Sep. 2019 When her best friend mysteriously disappears one day, Stephanie launches her own investigation by digging into the woman’s past -- and finding a few surprises along the way. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 15, 2019: ‘Alien,’ ‘Aliens’ and more," 13 Sep. 2019 McGinty not only belts out the song, but momentarily disappears several times backstage only to reappear in a completely different spectacular gown seconds later. Joanne Engelhardt, The Mercury News, "On Stage: Acting performances standout in ‘Anything Goes’," 12 Sep. 2019 For now, tells like disappearing facial features or audio glitches make deepfakes relatively easy to spot. Wired, "Facebook, Microsoft Back Contest to Better Detect Deepfakes," 5 Sep. 2019 Warming air and water temperatures, rising sea levels, increasing storm intensity, and disappearing ice create a drastically different world for species that evolved to live in specific conditions. National Geographic, "Some animals can adapt to climate change—just not fast enough," 19 Aug. 2019 Oregon’s most powerful industries have killed, weakened or stalled efforts to deal with climate change, disappearing bird habitat, cancer-causing diesel exhaust, industrial air pollution, oil spill planning and weed killers sprayed from helicopters. Rob Davis | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive.com, "Oregon Democrats call for “substantial regulation” of money in state politics," 15 Aug. 2019 For many companies, the large outlays and disappearing profit margins risk throwing lending covenants with banks out of whack. Ana Swanson, BostonGlobe.com, "‘It’s just a nightmare.’ Despite tariff delay, toy makers are worried.," 15 Aug. 2019 Every day, book sellers set up their wooden stalls on the Cuesta de Moyano, featuring ancient maps of disappeared Spanish cities and worn copies of novels about the Spanish Civil War. Samantha Karlin, Washington Post, "In the heart of Madrid, a park for all seasons," 9 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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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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