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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More than 1,000 jobs vanished, sending Rockdale and surrounding Milam County, population 25,000, into a nosedive. Mark Dent, WIRED, "The Hard-Luck Texas Town That Bet on Bitcoin—and Lost," 11 July 2019 Learning from the past Immigration has vanished from Europe’s headlines because the populists won the battle. The Economist, "Environmentalism is emerging as Europe’s new culture war," 29 June 2019 These plans have not vanished, Wesch said, but have significantly slowed. Lily Jackson |,, "Costs drive Mobile to look for recycling options," 19 June 2019 Merritt referred to McStay in the past tense in an interview with investigators after the family vanished. CBS News, "California man guilty of killing family of 4 found in desert graves," 10 June 2019 The identification by the Oregon Medical Examiner's office came two months after the body was found and 11 months after Day vanished from his Phoenix home in July 2018. . Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Why did ex-Disney Mouseketeer Dennis Day die? If police know, they aren't saying," 7 June 2019 The suspect, located by police hours after Elizabeth vanished, gave investigators conflicting versions of his whereabouts the previous night, the documents said. Chris Boyette, CNN, "Rape charges filed against the uncle of a 5-year-old girl who vanished in Utah," 6 June 2019 Four days after a Houston woman vanished on her way to work, Texas EquuSearch teams continued scouring the area for clues to her whereabouts. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Search for missing Houston mother continues," 25 June 2018 Before these changes, forests here burned every five to 20 years at such low intensities that a ranger on horseback could control flames over hundreds of square miles with little more than a shovel; after, fire all but vanished. Kyle Dickman, Outside Online, "What If Our Forests Don't Come Back?," 9 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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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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