dis·​ap·​pear | \ ˌdis-ə-ˈpir How to pronounce disappear (audio) \
disappeared; disappearing; disappears

Definition of disappear

intransitive verb

1 : to pass from view The moon disappeared behind a cloud.
2 : to cease to be : pass out of existence or notice dinosaurs disappeared from the earth My keys seem to have disappeared again.

transitive verb

: to cause (someone or something) to disappear:
a : to abduct and kill or imprison (someone, such as a political dissident) while withholding information about the person's fate Her son was disappeared during Argentina's so-called 'Dirty War.'Associated Press Under his repressive regime, tens of thousands of Chileans were "disappeared," tortured and killed; hundreds of thousands were forced into exile.— Mandalit del Barco Fearing that he would be kidnapped or "disappeared" in Syria under some false pretext, Mr. Omar made a video, which he posted on YouTube, to establish that he had defected.— Dan Bilefsky When early efforts of containment failed, journalists and doctors who spoke out against the threat were disappeared, these sources said.— Bret Baier and Nick Givas Orwell's novel was published in 1949 in the wake of World War II, when both fascism and socialism seemed to loom as threats to democracy, and it imagines a secretive regime that surveils its people and polices even their thoughts, disappearing anyone who rebels against the order.— Jeva Lange
b : to cause (something) to pass out of existence, possession, or view VICE has disappeared the post from its Web site.— Jenna Sauers The … waitress disappears the debris from the floor …— Catherine Cleary After class, while waiting for Halmoni to pick me up, I devoured as many of those rainbow morsels as I could, as if disappearing them might also disappear my shame.— Jennifer Hope Choi He shares his opinion that based on his early findings, the bullets didn't come from Locke's gun, which is important because, as Lucca Quinn points out, Peter would have no reason to disappear the evidence if it exonerated Locke.— Alexis Rhiannon

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disappearance \ ˌdis-​ə-​ˈpir-​ən(t)s How to pronounce disappear (audio) \ noun

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Examples of disappear in a Sentence

The two men disappeared around the corner. The dinosaurs disappeared millions of years ago. These problems won't just disappear by themselves. He disappeared without a trace two years ago. The speaker suddenly disappeared just before the beginning of the ceremony.
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Recent Examples on the Web Rid the continent of buffalo and the Indigenous people who were viewed as a stumbling block to settlement, would, too, disappear, and progress could then go unimpeded. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, 28 Nov. 2021 In Feynman’s calculation scheme, particles that exist before and after an interaction become lines leading in and out of a cartoon sketch, while those that briefly appear and then disappear form loops in the middle. Quanta Magazine, 22 Nov. 2021 CBS News Enter through these old doors, and the lines that divide us disappear almost as fast as their famous chile relleno on a hot plate. CBS News, 21 Nov. 2021 Nesbitt on Tuesday announced that some metrics her department had published daily since the fall of 2020 would change or disappear. Washington Post, 20 Nov. 2021 As Thomas tells it, Nathan had shown up to their house without notice, would disappear for days at a time, and leave their doors unlocked. Cate Young, Vulture, 14 Nov. 2021 If that happens, attempts to create THC alternatives like D8, D10 and THCp will start to slow down or disappear. Zenger News, Forbes, 6 Nov. 2021 Ruberg said Wright would disappear and never show up for court if he were released. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, 4 Nov. 2021 These symptoms eventually disappear and the patient progresses into the latent phase, which betrays no external signs. Talia Herman, ProPublica, 1 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of disappear

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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“Disappear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disappear. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of disappear

: to stop being visible : to pass out of sight
: to stop existing : to die or go away completely
: to become lost : to go to a place that is not known


dis·​ap·​pear | \ ˌdi-sə-ˈpir How to pronounce disappear (audio) \
disappeared; disappearing

Kids Definition of disappear

1 : to stop being visible : pass out of sight The sun disappeared behind a cloud.
2 : to stop existing Dinosaurs disappeared long ago.

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