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 This problem is compounded in the case of cannabis because the legal market is relatively new and awash in faddish, speculative cash that could vanish as easily as smoke from a bong hit if investing fashion changes. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 2 June 2021 If the courts rule to shut down the bingo halls, and casino legislation is not approved, the jobs and the revenues could vanish in counties where replacing them with new economic development is remote. al, 16 May 2021 But social distancing rules could vanish by June 15, California’s target date for full reopening. Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2021 To tell her would be to see the last of his sister’s good opinion vanish forever. Lauren Groff, The New Yorker, 27 Apr. 2021 Stocks of medicines that facilitate intubation could vanish in the next two weeks, according to a report from the National Council of Municipal Health Secretaries. Rodrigo Pedroso And Marcia Reverdosa, CNN, 21 Mar. 2021 But the reality is that as companies pare back their real estate if staffs continue to work remotely, many janitorial jobs could vanish. Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Mar. 2021 As rural hospitals like these vanish across the country, more Americans face agonizing healthcare prospects. NBC News, 12 Dec. 2020 The commercials problem would vanish: the show will be an hour shorter. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 11 May 2021

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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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12 Jun 2021

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“Vanish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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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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