Definition of vanish
1a : to pass quickly from sight : disappearb : to pass completely from existence
2 : to assume the value zero
: to cause to disappear
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.
Origin and Etymology of 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- 1e- + vānēscere “to pass from existence,” inchoative verb derivative of vānus “empty, lacking content” — more at 1wane
First Known Use: 14th century
VANISH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of vanish for English Language Learners
: to disappear entirely without a clear explanation
: to stop existing
VANISH Defined for Kids
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