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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Recent Examples on the Web But when the state shut gyms, her dues continued to vanish with her treadmill miles. Sebastian Pellejero, WSJ, "Getting Out of Gym Fees Can Be a Workout During Covid Shutdowns," 6 Aug. 2020 One judgeship is already gone, and one more is set to vanish. Matt Sledge,, "Louisiana law and departures could reshape Orleans Parish Juvenile Court in 2021," 5 Aug. 2020 If nothing improves, the Tigers' postseason dreams could quickly vanish. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "The one thing Detroit Tigers must fix amid COVID-19 postponement," 4 Aug. 2020 Equal protection under the law and the right to free speech do not vanish during a public health emergency. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Movie Theaters Say New Jersey's Religious Bias is Unconstitutional," 3 Aug. 2020 Mamluk texts tell of nobles riding through the cemetery at night and having visions of holy men or poets who speak, then vanish. Lee Keath, Star Tribune, "Highways raise alarm in Cairo's historic City of the Dead," 31 July 2020 No, this virus will not just vanish; No, there will be no quick V-shaped recovery; No, there will not be a safe way to reopen this economy, schools, etc. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Advocating for victims (7/14/20)," 14 July 2020 If Twitter were to shut down tomorrow, most of their political world and its concerns would simply vanish. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "The Willful Blindness of Reactionary Liberalism," 6 July 2020 Quick trend cycles may vanish as people become more thoughtful about the environmental cost of disposable fashion. Tony Bravo,, "The coronavirus and social movements gives fashion a reality check," 3 July 2020

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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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The first known use of vanish was in the 14th century

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10 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Vanish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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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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