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 If Twitter were to shut down tomorrow, most of their political world and its concerns would simply vanish. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "The Willful Blindness of Reactionary Liberalism," 6 July 2020 Quick trend cycles may vanish as people become more thoughtful about the environmental cost of disposable fashion. Tony Bravo,, "The coronavirus and social movements gives fashion a reality check," 3 July 2020 Oil traders are betting the vast oversupply of barrels that turned prices negative on April 20 will quickly vanish. Matt Egan, CNN, "Oil is up $80 in seven weeks. The remarkable recovery could be too good to be true," 9 June 2020 The epidemic seemed to vanish, but questions remained. Brendan Borrell, The Atlantic, "Australia Has a Flesh-Eating-Bacteria Problem," 3 July 2020 On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve predicted a slow, years-long recovery and forecast that millions of the jobs lost during the pandemic could take years to return, or even vanish forever. J.c. Pan, The New Republic, "The Preachers of the Austerity Gospel Are Back," 12 June 2020 One of the first things to vanish during the surge in New York City was the doors. Sarah Feldberg,, "As Bay Area reopens, lessons from New York for next wave or next pandemic," 6 June 2020 But then again, they’re not supposed to quietly vanish into the darkness, either. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "A Massive Star Seems to Have Just … Disappeared," 1 July 2020 Through Tonight: Skies trend clearer in the evening as bubbly clouds of the days vanish. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, "PM Update: Humidity returns along with shower and storm chances this weekend," 26 June 2020

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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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29 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Vanish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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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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