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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Peri and Joanne vanish and all records of their visit disappear. Clark Collis,, "First Look at Sam Worthington in vanished-child thriller Fractured," 13 Sep. 2019 Police arrested Burda on July 5, nearly a year after Day mysteriously vanished. oregonlive, "Mouseketeer death: Judge will not move trial for Dennis Day’s suspected killer," 12 Sep. 2019 Entire ecosystems of creatures appeared over about 50 million years near the end of the Ediacaran Period and then vanished at the start of the Cambrian. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Before life exploded in the Cambrian, there were worms," 4 Sep. 2019 Not long after Emmett vanishes, two of Nora’s sons disappear while looking for him. Dwight Garner, New York Times, "Téa Obreht Follows Up an Acclaimed Debut With a Visit to the Old West," 9 Aug. 2019 Their union continued long after her biological calf vanished for unknown reasons at one-and-a-half years old. Erica Tennenhouse, National Geographic, "Dolphin mom adopts whale calf—a first," 30 July 2019 On Sunday, four days after Byman vanished, a group of searchers fired a gun into the air and heard a faint cry for help. Sophie Sherry And Katherine Dillinger, CNN, "A Canadian woman who vanished while picking berries was found five days later," 29 July 2019 Head out to the Golden Circle and discover Gullfoss, a thundering waterfall that appears to vanish into the earth. National Geographic, "Iceland Expedition: Land of Fire and Ice," 15 Sep. 2019 The hominin species is theorized to have vanished a bit earlier than 3.8 million years ago after giving rise to a later lineage, Australopithecus afarensis, to which the famed fossil Lucy belongs. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian, "A 3.8-Million-Year-Old Skull Puts a New Face on a Little-Known Human Ancestor," 29 Aug. 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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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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