van·​ish | \ ˈva-nish How to pronounce vanish (audio) \
vanished; vanishing; vanishes

Definition of vanish

intransitive verb

1a : to pass quickly from sight : disappear
b : to pass completely from existence
2 : to assume the value zero

transitive verb

: to cause to disappear

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Other Words from vanish

vanisher noun

Examples of vanish in a Sentence

The missing girl vanished without a trace a year ago. The papers seem to have vanished into thin air. Dinosaurs vanished from the face of the earth millions of years ago.
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However, that instinct seemed to vanish overnight when Tyrion met Daenerys for the first time. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "Tyrion Lannister Needs to Die Already on 'Game of Thrones'," 13 May 2019 A few days after Trump’s return from Argentina, the Dow plunged 799 points, and Nasdaq lost nearly 4 percent as enthusiasm for the US-China truce on trade began to vanish. Stavros Agorakis, Vox, "Vox Sentences: Tariff Man versus the Dow," 5 Dec. 2018 An ancient subsistence strategy was starting to vanish. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "When Farmers and Foragers First Met," 24 Oct. 2018 Read More Starter homes continue to quickly vanish in Charlotte. Ely Portillo, charlotteobserver, "Rising prices, fewer choices: Charlotte's real estate market looks grim for buyers," 11 June 2018 Whatever small fortune Gignac amassed through his scam appears to have vanished. Jay Weaver, miamiherald, "Miami con man posing as Saudi sultan pleads guilty to swindling millions worldwide," 29 May 2018 The compact pickup segment seemed destined to vanish earlier in the decade but has come roaring back with all-new or updated offerings from not only Ford but General Motors, Honda, and Toyota. NBC News, "Ford to stop making all passenger cars except the Mustang," 26 Apr. 2018 The Holocaust was the result of a hideous syllogism: if Germany were to expand into the East, where millions of Jews lived, those Jews would have to vanish, because Germans could not coexist with them. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "How American Racism Influenced Hitler," 23 Apr. 2018 If the same happened on Venus, its microbes would not have had to vanish when the water did. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, "Researchers Say Venus' Atmosphere Could Support Extraterrestrial Life," 2 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of vanish

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for vanish

Middle English vanisshen, borrowed from Anglo-French vaniss- stem of vanir, envanir, esvanir, going back to Vulgar Latin *exvānīre, restructuring of Latin ēvānēscere "to fade away, disappear," from ē- e- entry 1 + vānēscere "to pass from existence," inchoative verb derivative of vānus "empty, lacking content" — more at wane entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of vanish

: to disappear entirely without a clear explanation
: to stop existing


van·​ish | \ ˈva-nish How to pronounce vanish (audio) \
vanished; vanishing

Kids Definition of vanish

: to pass from sight or existence : disappear

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