Definition of disappear in English:



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  • 1Cease to be visible.

    ‘he disappeared into the trees’
    ‘the sun had disappeared’
    • ‘Sighing, Julie says a polite goodbye to Clark and disappears up the stairs.’
    • ‘Unable to get close its prey, it walked backwards disappearing into the darkness.’
    • ‘We walked slowly along the promenade eating our ice creams and the sun was just disappearing over the horizon.’
    • ‘"Nice meeting you, " waved Joey, as the beautiful girl disappeared down the hall.’
    • ‘His figure was disappearing just around the corner now… almost gone.’
    • ‘She looked back once and flashed me a small but dazzling smile then disappeared into the crowd.’
    • ‘He yawned as the last glimpses of the July sun disappeared over the horizon.’
    • ‘It was only a couple of minutes ago since the sun just about disappeared into the clouds and the clouds, in turn, turned the color of a dull gray.’
    • ‘I watch as a flash, of white past through to trees, then disappeared again into the darkness.’
    • ‘Leon and Chris watched until he completely disappeared around the corner.’
    • ‘The sun was disappearing over the horizon, and Eleanor hasn't moved an inch.’
    • ‘When the sun rose a little higher and grew warm, they disappeared into the forest.’
    • ‘The bird flapped soundlessly into the air and disappeared into the glare of the overhead sun.’
    • ‘Before Kayline could recover from her surprise, he had disappeared into the crowd.’
    • ‘The sun framed it as it disappeared into the distance.’
    • ‘In utter amazement, Kirby found herself standing alone on the curb watching Jason's taillights disappear into the night.’
    • ‘Al gave a hearty laugh as the two disappeared into the stables, the sun setting bright colors behind them.’
    • ‘I stare at the back of his head until he disappears down another hallway.’
    • ‘The 62-year-old watched as the ferocious feline sprinted for 30 seconds before it disappeared into woodland near a reservoir.’
    • ‘He looked around for a moment then disappeared around the corner.’
    vanish, pass from sight, cease to be visible, vanish from sight, recede from view, be lost to sight, be lost to view, fade, fade away, melt away
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    1. 1.1 Cease to exist or be in use.
      ‘the tension had completely disappeared’
      • ‘Just as it had quickly appeared her smile had completely disappeared just as quickly.’
      • ‘Even the fireplace was covered, whatever warmth having once existed there disappeared.’
      • ‘Brandon said as his smile soon disappeared off his face.’
      • ‘Symptoms disappeared one month after cessation of soybean ingestion.’
      • ‘That reference, if it ever existed - has now disappeared from the site.’
      • ‘For better or worse, many of the boundaries that previously existed have disappeared.’
      • ‘One reads with sadness reports that in Germany funeral practices are rapidly disappearing altogether.’
      • ‘The frown disappeared from his face, leaving an expression of seriousness.’
      • ‘Thus, after slavery ended, former slaves caught up to free blacks, and the large literacy gap that existed between them disappeared.’
      • ‘Each time he gets the shot the symptoms disappear within hours.’
      • ‘The mystery of Atlantis, both whether it existed and why it disappeared, has fired the imagination of explorers for decades.’
      • ‘There is growing evidence that what central control of them existed has now disappeared and we are back to local fiefdoms doing their own sectarian things.’
      • ‘Dialects could soon disappear altogether as accents in urban areas merge into one.’
      • ‘The money being loaned out hasn't disappeared, it still exists and by golly it is still making profits for the bankers.’
      • ‘Unless males are brought in from elsewhere, these herds will soon disappear altogether.’
      • ‘Other and more influential causes of disease must have existed that subsequently disappeared.’
      • ‘One of Bradford's best known landmarks disappeared in a puff of smoke yesterday.’
      • ‘In addition, the incidence of lung cancer and deaths from all causes decreased but did not disappear completely after the supplementation ceased.’
      • ‘But as this year's Budget approaches, speculation is rife that certain exemptions and reliefs which currently exist are about to disappear.’
      • ‘The lecturer combated the view that national style in highly-developed music either did not exist or was now disappearing.’
      die out, die, become extinct, cease to be, cease to exist, be no more, come to an end, end, pass away, pass into oblivion, expire, perish, wither away, peter out, fizzle out, leave no trace
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    2. 1.2 Be lost or go missing; become impossible to find.
      ‘my wallet seems to have disappeared’
      ‘the couple disappeared while travelling through Afghanistan nearly two years ago’
      • ‘The Swindon Branch operates a lost and found register to assist those who are concerned about a stray or whose cat has disappeared.’
      • ‘Red-faced security chiefs have now discovered that a special receipt book - the only record that the purse had ever existed - has also disappeared.’
      • ‘If there's a good thing in lost property, sometimes it will disappear before anyone's had time to claim it.’
      get lost, go missing, be mislaid, be forgotten, be left behind
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    3. 1.3with object Abduct or arrest and kill or detain (a person) for political reasons, without making their fate known.
      ‘it is estimated that some 7000 people have been disappeared by security forces’


Late Middle English: from dis- (expressing reversal) + appear, on the pattern of French disparaître.