vanish

verb
van·ish | \ˈva-nish \
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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Untold numbers perish along the way; nearly all the more than two dozen survivors interviewed by The Associated Press told of people in their groups who simply could not go on and vanished into the Sahara. . . Richard Prince, The Root, "Obama Was More Aware of Racism Than We Saw," 27 June 2018 Untold numbers perish along the way; nearly all the more than two dozen survivors interviewed by The Associated Press told of people in their groups who simply could not go on and vanished into the Sahara. Lori Hinnant, The Seattle Times, "Algeria abandons thousands of migrants in Sahara," 25 June 2018 The key is to shake it off and address our interrogations to the other realities being obscured — the other people disappearing (such as immigrant children vanishing into warehouses, or those being callously deported by ICE). Rhonda Garelick, The Cut, "Melania’s Recent Behavior Is Right Out of Hitchcock," 11 June 2018 Fully 50% of the tasks undertaken by Michigan workers will be susceptible to vanishing because of automation over the next 12 years. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Why can't Michigan solve the biggest problems like it once did?," 30 May 2018 But Sir John likes to take things a step further by pressing another layer of moisturizer onto the face after foundation, so the blush really vanishes into the skin. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The 4 Rules of Second-Skin Blush, According to Beyoncé’s Makeup Artist and More," 28 Apr. 2018 At the same time, there’s already talk of Charlie Rose coming back with a new show — and Rose, at age 76, could have credibly vanished into quiet retirement in a way that some of the younger men looking to claw their way back to fame can’t. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The four biggest stories of the week, explained," 27 Apr. 2018 With its international customers vanishing, the Russian government has tried to give the beleaguered vehicle some federal payloads, but these are also hard to come by. Anatoly Zak, Ars Technica, "Russia’s Proton rocket falls on hard times," 26 Jan. 2018 Soon after, the news story about McKelvey's arrest vanished from the Gazette-Times website. Anna Marum, OregonLive.com, "Federal fugitive task force responds to N Portland incident," 16 Jan. 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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More Definitions for vanish

vanish

verb

English Language Learners Definition of vanish

: to disappear entirely without a clear explanation

: to stop existing

vanish

verb
van·ish | \ˈva-nish \
vanished; vanishing

Kids Definition of vanish

: to pass from sight or existence : disappear

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