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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Some people consider non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, a craze that will eventually vanish, while many people see it as something that is here to stay. Jessica Wong, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2022 Employees across many fields have been furloughed, laid off or seen their livelihoods vanish during the pandemic. Washington Post, 21 Aug. 2021 Those steps have been particularly painful to those in the hospitality and entertainment communities, who have seen their livings vanish as bars and clubs have been shuttered. Kevin Allman,, 9 Nov. 2020 Restaurant servers who rely on customers' tips to make ends meet have seen their livelihoods vanish virtually overnight. Grace Baek, CBS News, 26 Mar. 2020 Some estimates say the ship will vanish in a matter of decades. CNN, 5 Sep. 2022 Of economic spark, as jobs vanish, shops and restaurants shut and an ever-increasing number of beggars camp outside bakeries hoping for a morsel of bread. Elvia Limón, Los Angeles Times, 30 Aug. 2022 September reservations for the restaurant, 548 S.E. Ash St., disappeared in less than an hour earlier this month, and October slots — which go online at noon on Sept. 15 — should vanish just as quickly. oregonlive, 23 Aug. 2022 There’s never room to go wide-open for longer than a couple seconds, as the straights just vanish while the gear whine from the diffs ramps up in pitch. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, 17 Aug. 2022 See More

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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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28 Sep 2022

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“Vanish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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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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