vanish

verb van·ish \ ˈva-nish \
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

Definition of vanish

intransitive verb
1 a : to pass quickly from sight : disappear
b : to pass completely from existence
2 : to assume the value zero
transitive verb
: to cause to disappear

vanisher

noun

Examples of vanish in a Sentence

  1. The missing girl vanished without a trace a year ago.

  2. The papers seem to have vanished into thin air.

  3. Dinosaurs vanished from the face of the earth millions of years ago.

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Origin and Etymology of 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- 1e- + vānēscere "to pass from existence," inchoative verb derivative of vānus "empty, lacking content" — more at 1wane

vanish Synonyms

Synonyms
dematerialize, dissolve, evanesce, evaporate, fade, flee, fly, go (away), melt, sink, disappear
Antonyms
appear, materialize
Related Words
blank (out), clear, die (away or down or out), disperse, dissipate, dissolve, dry up; blur, dim
Near Antonyms
arrive, break out, come out, emerge, issue, loom, show up


VANISH Defined for English Language Learners

vanish

verb

Definition of vanish for English Language Learners

  • : to disappear entirely without a clear explanation

  • : to stop existing


VANISH Defined for Kids

vanish

verb van·ish \ ˈva-nish \

Definition of vanish for Students

vanished; vanishing
: to pass from sight or existence : disappear


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