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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The watches that vanished were the largest and most visually striking in his collection, Mr. Poniz said. Stacy Cowley, New York Times, "Safe Deposit Boxes Aren’t Safe," 19 July 2019 Downing a magic potion, viewers are transported to Hayley's daydreams, which includes some serious dance moves and the appearance of a magical girl that quickly vanishes. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Hayley Kiyoko Released the Video for Her New Single “I Wish”," 18 July 2019 Many of the people infected have other issues to worry about: their immigration status, diabetes, and jobs that vanish overnight. Marc Burckhardt, National Geographic, "A little-known parasite infects 300,000 people in the U.S.," 17 June 2019 Political will vanished partly because there was no discernible effect on bonds. Jon Hilsenrath, WSJ, "How Washington Learned to Love Debt and Deficits," 13 June 2019 Apple is expected to expand the usable screen area to the point where the iconic home button will vanish entirely. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "The 5 biggest rumors about Apple’s new, bezel-free iPads," 25 Oct. 2018 But all the sperm that’s already been created doesn’t just suddenly vanish into thin air. Korin Miller, SELF, "16 Birth Control Myths Ob/Gyns Have Heard That Prove We Need Better Sex Ed," 19 July 2018 The speedy drama’s pilot ended with a shot of a future newspaper that foretold Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) would vanish in a crisis in the year 2024. Chancellor Agard,, "Everything we know about the Arrowverse's 'Crisis on Infinite Earths' crossover so far," 26 July 2019 Critics say the climate plan doesn’t appear aggressive enough to make a difference within what scientists say is a vanishing window during which there is still time to slow or prevent climate change. Scott Dance,, "Critics fault Maryland Gov. Hogan’s plan for cutting greenhouse gases as late, lax," 19 July 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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