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.
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Recent Examples on the Web On a day when authorities searched the home where missing New Hampshire 7-year-old Harmony Montgomery was last known to live with her father, her mother vowed to never stop looking for the girl who seemed to vanish two years ago. Jeff Truesdell,, 10 Jan. 2022 There are possible new leads in the strange case of missing millionaire Don Lewis — a man who seemed to vanish without a trace. Richard Schlesinger, CBS News, 1 Jan. 2022 The speeches and coalition-building of leaders from nations that will soon vanish beneath rising sea levels act as a powerful reminder of the real stakes. Jocelyn Timperley, Wired, 29 Oct. 2021 Star Trek is just the latest victim of the global rights tug-of-war, and the likes of the US Office and Friends, both of which are no longer on Netflix in the US, could soon also vanish from Netflix worldwide. Chris Stokel-walker, Wired, 19 Nov. 2021 Snapchat bet its success on ephemerality, with posts that vanish after a brief period rather than persist forever. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, 22 Oct. 2021 People like, ahem, me, who thought the tight labor market would vanish by September, turned out to be wrong. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 22 Nov. 2021 As glaciers vanish, experts say, local ecosystems will begin to change as well— something already being studied at the Humboldt Glacier in Venezuela, which could disappear within the next two decades. Victoria Milko, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Nov. 2021 And few would disagree with the idea that if there were universal adoption of free software, some of the most annoying parts of the internet would vanish. Noam Cohen, Wired, 5 Nov. 2021

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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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19 Jan 2022

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“Vanish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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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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