vanish

verb
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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Windows Phone has vanished in the last couple of years, and Microsoft finally admitted Windows Phone was dead nearly a year ago. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Microsoft is embracing Android as the mobile version of Windows," 3 Oct. 2018 Finger bowls may have vanished, but a tradition of gracious welcome endures. Michael Henry Adams, Town & Country, "Inside the Auction of Eileen Slocum's Astounding Newport Mansion," 28 Sep. 2018 Sheridan has returned for sequel scripting duties, but Blunt’s character has now vanished, and with her any sense of wide-eyed moral indignation. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Violent, self-admiring sequel 'Sicario: Day of the Soldado' gets lost in the desert," 26 June 2018 On the unluckiest of nights, the South had little go its way as a pair of leads vanished and the potential score on its second offensive series slipped away with a fumble by Stevens on the North 3. Rich Torress, Indianapolis Star, "North extends winning streak to four in IFCA All-Star game," 13 July 2018 By then, the colony—which included his granddaughter, Virginia Dare, the first English child born in North America, according to legend—had vanished, leaving only a few tantalising clues behind. The Economist, "The tale of the “Lost Colony” is a chronicle of delusion," 7 June 2018 His skin is brighter, the oxygen tubes have vanished and the wet, hacking cough is completely gone. Longreads, "Somewhere Under My Left Ribs: A Nurse’s Story," 31 May 2018 Miranda, Marion, and Miss McGraw are never found, vanished without a trace. Rachel Syme, The New Republic, "Picnic at Hanging Rock," 22 May 2018 Luckily a man was walking by, walked him home and just vanished. Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, "Pregnant Cardi B Calls Fiancé Offset 'So Strong' Post-Accident as He Rubs Her Baby Bump in Bed," 21 May 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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vanish

verb

English Language Learners Definition of vanish

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

vanish

verb
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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