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 In an era of vanishing expert critics, nothing makes the case for us better than these pathetic peoples’ choices. Chris Jones,, "Best of Chicago? Why are reader choices always so disappointing?," 13 Nov. 2019 The goal of those doppelgängers was to lure terns to breed on the islands, and, in doing so, prevent endangered salmon and trout living hundreds of miles to the north from vanishing. Priyanka Runwal, New York Times, "A Silicon Valley Disruption for Birds That Gorge on Endangered Fish," 12 Nov. 2019 In the midst of Asriel's research and a sudden plague of vanishing children, Lyra is taken in by Mrs. Coulter (Ruth Wilson), a glamorous and powerful woman who oozes both likability and nefarious intent in her every word. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Review: 'His Dark Materials' is not the series fans hoped for, but it's better than the movie," 4 Nov. 2019 Madelinots, as locals call themselves, have no intention of vanishing anytime soon. Brady Dennis, Anchorage Daily News, "The sea ice used to protect them. Now their island is crumbling into the sea.," 1 Nov. 2019 Spare to the point of vanishing, his works suspend fragile harmonies above stretches of percussive rustling and spells of silence. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "The Otherworldly Minimalism of Jürg Frey," 29 Oct. 2019 With biodiversity vanishing so fast from our cities, the opportunities to engage with nature are fewer and fewer. Bahar Dutt, Quartz India, "Two Indian cities lead the way in transforming concrete jungles into real jungles," 22 Oct. 2019 Perhaps the best definition of a meme is just an image that, against the odds, actually gets seen—before mercifully vanishing. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Video Games Are Better Without Game-Play," 22 Oct. 2019 As the planet warms, more species are at risk of vanishing. David Abel,, "Guardian of the birds: State’s ornithologist warns we can’t do without them," 8 Sep. 2019

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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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21 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Vanish.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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