ev·​a·​nesce ˌe-və-ˈnes How to pronounce evanesce (audio)
evanesced; evanescing

intransitive verb

: to dissipate like vapor

Examples of evanesce in a Sentence

the kids' rainy-day gloom evanesced the minute they heard that we were going out for ice cream
Recent Examples on the Web Gilchrist replies, his voice brightening the way an ancient sun suddenly burns through an evanescing cloud. Chris Richards, Washington Post, 7 June 2023 Other details — running water, a smudged kingfisher — appear only to evanesce. Washington Post, 13 Jan. 2021 Monkfish in a gripping mussel broth found its voice in between sips of an off-dry Alsatian pinot gris, its honeyed sweetness just evanescing off the brine of the seafood. Amiel Stanek, Bon Appétit, 3 Jan. 2020 The experience of simply having the experience, and letting each moment arrive unexpectedly and evanesce in its own time. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, 29 June 2018 The number of daily active users in March was lower than the average for the first quarter as a whole, a signal that Snap's user base may be evanescing into the void. Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com, 2 May 2018 The arc of his coming to America is dizzying: mystery begat hype, hype yielded to skepticism, skepticism evanesced under sheer amazement. Si.com Staff, SI.com, 9 Apr. 2018 And with every new meeting, my hatred has evanesced like fog in a bright sun. Will Blythe, Esquire, 1 Apr. 2010 See More

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Word History


Latin evanescere — more at vanish

First Known Use

1822, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of evanesce was in 1822

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“Evanesce.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evanesce. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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ev·​a·​nesce ˌev-ə-ˈnes How to pronounce evanesce (audio)
evanesced; evanescing
: to vanish like vapor
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