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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Recent Examples on the Web

Some of those affected think the November Android security update might be to blame, but others say that their messages vanished sometime last month. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Google says a fix is coming for disappearing text messages on Pixel 3," 14 Nov. 2018 The new [cyst] vanished like immediately; the old ones are nearly gone. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "Does Sulfur Cream Treat Cystic Acne? Reddit Says Hell Yes," 22 Aug. 2018 Instead, prosecutors said those athletes vanished in the hands of recruiters and basketball coaches. Mark Barber, ajc, "Private school founder in North Carolina pleads guilty to human trafficking," 6 July 2018 Your lifeline had disappeared and vanished into thin air. Bea Lewis,, "Understanding their cries | Opinion," 5 July 2018 Better watch before the show vanishes into thin air. Chuck Barney, Detroit Free Press, "TV highlights for the week of June 24-30," 23 June 2018 Funding used to be Deutsche’s key competitive advantage, but that vanished when Europe’s new bank bailout rules made its bonds much more risky, according to Goldman Sachs . Paul J. Davies, WSJ, "Time Is Running Out for Deutsche Bank to Stand Alone," 23 Oct. 2018 With a deficiency in surrounding talent over the past two years, Wilson’s margin for error has vanished. Seattle Times Sports Staff, The Seattle Times, "What the national media are saying about the Seahawks’ 0-2 start," 18 Sep. 2018 In that sense Francine Weisweiller was one of the last representatives of a way of life that had vanished almost entirely. James Mcauley, Town & Country, "The Tragic, Fascinating History of Santo Sospir," 13 Aug. 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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English Language Learners Definition of vanish

: to disappear entirely without a clear explanation

: to stop existing


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

Kids Definition of vanish

: to pass from sight or existence : disappear

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