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 When recreation spaces and resources to support youth and families vanish or give way to more exclusive amenities, Kramer said, communities become more segregated and unstable. Washington Post, 21 July 2021 Some have predicted the ship could vanish in a matter of decades as holes yawn in the hull and sections disintegrate. Fox News, 1 July 2021 Some have predicted the ship could vanish in a matter of decades as holes yawn in the hull and sections disintegrate. Ben Finley, Star Tribune, 30 June 2021 As truly wild areas vanish before the bulldozers, this is a conflict that is being battled out in our suburbs., 28 Mar. 2021 When the murals disappear, do those ideas and feelings vanish with them? The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 Mar. 2021 This paradigm makes Wanda the showrunner, the nearly omnipotent creator by whose word plots swerve, sets rise, and supporting characters vanish or return. Stephanie Burt, The New Yorker, 11 Mar. 2021 Some quickly vanish from memory, says David Barnes, a historian of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Jennifer Couzin-frankel, Science | AAAS, 13 July 2021 This stuff completely makes stains vanish before your eyes. Amy Schulman,, 13 July 2021

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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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30 Jul 2021

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“Vanish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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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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