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 Adding to the problem, tribal health officials say their sickest members can essentially vanish once they are transferred out of small reservation health systems to larger hospitals with intensive-care units. New York Times, "Tribal Elders Are Dying From the Pandemic, Causing a Cultural Crisis for American Indians," 12 Jan. 2021 Many of those jobs returned over the summer as outdoor dining picked up, only to vanish again as the state ordered an end to most dine-in service amid a resurgent coronavirus. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, "2020 in review: Pandemic brought economic catastrophe for many Oregonians – but others thrived," 29 Dec. 2020 Waiting until all the materials are in is the best way to keep a remodeling project on schedule when construction staples can seemingly vanish from store shelves, Guido added. Jon Gorey,, "Building resentment: Renovating? Lumber, labor, and patience are in short supply," 25 Oct. 2020 But to humans, seconds of pain can feel like minutes, hours spent at a party can end in a blink, and a week of drudging through paperwork can vanish from the mind entirely. Doug Johnson, National Geographic, "How you perceive time may depend on your income," 22 Sep. 2020 But the far-right wave that included Trump is not about to vanish. Washington Post, "After Trump, what’s next for the West’s far right?," 25 Nov. 2020 The transition from life to death is familiar to us all, and in that process all the complexity that is contained in a living being seems to vanish. Tim Flannery, The New York Review of Books, "In the Soup," 17 Nov. 2020 Medina Lake — known to nearly vanish during the worst of droughts — is dwindling, and that doesn’t bode well. Marina Starleaf Riker,, "Remember when Medina Lake looked like a big puddle? It’s headed that way.," 21 Oct. 2020 In his final days, Beard confided his desire to vanish—sell everything, destroy any incriminating papers, with no celebration of life and certainly nothing resembling the James Beard Foundation, established by admirers months after his passing. Rien Fertel, WSJ, "‘The Man Who Ate Too Much’ Review: American Appetite," 1 Oct. 2020

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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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19 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Vanish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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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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