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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These 10 expert recommendations make tattoos totally vanish — no lasers necessary. Allure, "The Best Makeup to Cover Up Tattoos, According to Professional Makeup Artists," 23 Mar. 2019 And those who hate Columbus and his legacy still must acknowledge that this indigenous practice vanished thanks to the advent of Christianity in our hemisphere. Alejandro Bermudez, WSJ, "Catholics Against Columbus," 24 Jan. 2019 Which means many of those shows may vanish from the streaming service in the next few years. Rani Molla, Recode, "Here are some of the most popular shows on Netflix — which may be leaving Netflix soon," 21 Dec. 2018 The memory of that night will not be forgotten, many refusing to let the joyful spirit of those who lost their lives vanish. Henry Youtt, Billboard, "Orlando Nightclub Shooting: Tegan & Sara and More Pay Tribute, Two Years Later," 12 June 2018 Even her usual dark roots had vanished, giving a much brighter and blonder effect for the mother-of-one in 2019. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Khloé Kardashian Has Switched Up Her Hair Color Yet Again, But the Reason Makes Sense," 15 Apr. 2019 If this keeps up, Senator Elizabeth Warren will have to retool her 2020 campaign message that the middle class is vanishing. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Jobs for the Forgotten Man," 4 Jan. 2019 While rights groups and Kremlin critics celebrated the surprise victory of South Korean candidate Kim Jong Yang over his Russian rival, the vote exposed flaws within Interpol that won’t vanish overnight. Angela Charlton, The Seattle Times, "Interpol’s flaws exposed in US-Russia fight over presidency," 21 Nov. 2018 Log drives may be a vanishing art in most parts of the world—but not in northern Idaho. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Lost Art of Floating Logs Down the River," 16 Feb. 2019

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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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